Animal Cruelty

Judicial Stages - Ann Arbor, MI - Washtenaw County

The preliminary police investigation for Animal Cruelty in Washtenaw County will usually take several hours to several days depending on the circumstances. In Washtenaw County, this type of investigation will most times be conducted by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction the Humane Society. How quickly felony charges are filed often depends on how much evidence detectives and animal care workers obtain at the beginning stages of their investigation. The best time to retain a defense attorney is during the investigation phase before charges are filed. An experienced defense attorney can often use this investigation phase to his client’s advantage and either stop charges from being filed or help to reduce the seriousness of those charges.

Detectives handling these types of cases will normally spend the first few hours and possibly days after the alleged offense questioning witnesses, collecting evidence, and obtaining search warrants for more evidence. Police will usually question the defendant to obtain as much information as possible for trial. Humane Society staff normally see animals on a similar level as children. For that reason, they will treat the investigation and ensuing trial extremely seriously. Once police have completed their investigation, they will obtain an arrest warrant from the local Judge or Magistrate. If you are a suspect for the crime of Animal Cruelty in Washtenaw County , it is important to obtain a high caliber Washtenaw County defense lawyer before speaking to police or turning yourself in. Police are experts in interrogation and will use every tool at their disposal to obtain a conviction. A seasoned attorney often knows the police and local prosecutors and will help you make the right decisions about how to proceed against Animal Cruelty charges. Once a suspect is arrested and lodged at the county jail, the judicial process will begin to move quickly and there is no room for error on the part of a charged defendant.