Things to Remember if Police Show Up at Your House and Claim Your Dog Bit Someone
You are home one day and there is a knock on the door. On your doorstep is a police officer that says he is there investigating a claim that your dog bit someone. This statement has several very dangerous consequences unless handled properly – your dog can be taken into custody and possibly killed and you can be charged with having a dangerous dog. So, it is important that you remain calm and follow these simple steps:
1. Do not let the police officers into your home, unless they show you a search warrant. Police officers may enter without a warrant if they believe there is a life-threatening situation.
2. Do not talk to the police officers in an open doorway. Instead, step outside and close the door behind you. Anything the police see in plain sight can be enough for them to get a warrant or even make an arrest.
3. Do not answer any questions beyond identifying yourself to the officer. The best response is no response.
4. Get the name and badge number of each officer involved. Also, ask which agency they are with. If there are other individuals present, get their names and the organization they are with as well.
5. Be aware that Animal Control is law enforcement, has legal authority, and must follow the same requirements as a police officer.
6. If law enforcement pressures you, which is becoming more and more prevalent, tell them you are not answering any more questions until you have talked to your lawyer.
7. Call a competent criminal lawyer immediately. Do not think that you have a simple case and will win by representing yourself. You won’t. You will lose without an attorney.
If It Is Being Alleged That Your Dog Bit Someone – You Need the Help of the Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys with Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C.
A claim of a dog bite can be a death sentence for your dog. It can also result in criminal charges being brought against you. Whether or not the bite happened, there is a lot at stake. It is extremely important that you have the highly trained attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. represent you. Michigan has strict liability laws for dog bites – this means that in most circumstances your dog does not get the benefit of the doubt. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are dog people and understand the affection that people hold for their best friend. Our attorneys fight to win and will do everything in their power to make sure that your four legged family member gets a fair hearing.
If the result of the dog bite is criminal charges being brought against you, our attorneys have decades of experience handling all types of criminal offenses. Our attorneys have won multiple awards and are well respected by prosecutors and judges. When our attorneys enter a courtroom judges and prosecutors know that we are there to fight and win. We have a reputation for success and are passionate to give you the very best defense available. If you are have criminal law questions, please call us at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Information Form and one of our first rate attorneys will call you. We look forward to helping you.
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