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Aggressively Fighting for You

Scott C. Thomas protects your rights against serious charges.

Orange County Drug Crime Defense Attorney

Scott C. Thomas protects your rights against serious drug charges.

A Former Prosecuter Aggressively Fighting for You

Scott C. Thomas protects your rights against serious charges.

California Penal Code Sections 597 and 597.1 make it illegal for anyone to mistreat an animal, abuse an animal, neglect an animal, or cause unnecessary suffering to any type of animal.

Penalties for animal abuse or neglect can range from a simple fine and informal probation to jail time and formal probation. Depending on the facts of your case, these types of charges can also be charged as felonies.

We at The Law Office of Scott C Thomas are animal lovers, but also understand the legal rights of those charged with such offenses. Whether you are the accused or the accuser, we can help you understand your rights and options. Talk to our experienced Orange County Animal Cruelty Attorneys today for comprehensive legal advice and representation.

We Handle a Wide Range of Animal Cruelty Cases in California

The Law Office of Scott C Thomas handles a variety of animal cruelty cases in Orange County, California. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Neglecting proper care for an animal or leaving it in unsanitary conditions
  • Maiming an animal or inflicting extreme pain and suffering on one
  • Abandoning an animal in a public or private place
  • Jeopardizing the health and safety of an animal
  • Engaging in illegal activities involving animals, such as dog fighting
  • Using cruel training methods on animals or denying them necessary food, water, or shelter
  • Intentionally killing an animal or allowing it to suffer
  • Transporting an animal in an unsafe manner or using it for illicit purposes 

We understand that California law provides a wide range of protections for animals and their owners. We are here to make sure your rights as both parties are upheld.

Common Defenses Used in California Animal Cruelty Cases

Depending on your particular case, our Orange County animal cruelty attorneys may use one or more of the following defenses to protect you:

  • Lack of intent – The prosecution must prove that you deliberately and intentionally mistreated an animal.
  • Inaccurate eyewitness accounts – Eyewitnesses are not always reliable sources. There may be other facts that prove you did not mistreat an animal.
  • Insufficient evidence – The prosecution must present enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of animal cruelty.
  • Necessity defense – You may have had no choice but to act as you did in order to protect yourself, another person, or an animal.

At times, the evidence may be so overwhelming that we may consider a plea bargain. We will work hard to negotiate with the prosecution in order to obtain the best possible outcome for you.

Our Approach to California Animal Cruelty Cases

If you have been accused of animal cruelty, our Orange County attorneys will provide the legal guidance you need to fight the charges. We will review all evidence and witnesses presented against you, and use our knowledge of California’s animal cruelty laws to craft an effective defense strategy.

We also understand that animal cruelty cases can be emotionally charged, and we are here to provide the necessary advocacy for both sides. Our compassionate attorneys will take the time to listen to your story and explain all of your legal options.

Talk to Our Orange County Animal Cruelty Attorneys Today

Whether you are the accused or accuser, The Law Office of Scott C Thomas is here to defend your rights in animal cruelty cases. With extensive experience in criminal defense and animal cruelty law, we are prepared to help you fight for the justice you deserve. 

Contact our experienced Orange County Animal Cruelty Attorneys today for comprehensive legal advice and representation. 

Let us guide you through the process and protect your rights.

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Orange County, CA Criminal Defense Lawyer – Scott C. Thomas

Experienced former prosecutor Scott C. Thomas, now an effective Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney in Santa Ana, protects your rights against serious criminal charges.

With a specialty in first-time criminal defense, sex-crime defense, and DUI cases, no stone is left unturned to help you avoid a conviction and a series of harsh punishments.

“I have one goal: to provide clients with zealous legal representation to ensure their rights are not violated and that they are treated fairly before the law, while at the same time providing a shoulder for them to lean on, in their time of need.”

Practice Areas

No matter the nature of your criminal charges, Scott. C. Thomas can assist you through the legal process.

Criminal DefenseCriminal Defense

A criminal arrest, especially on felony charges can turn a life upsidedown, ruin a reputation, and put the defendant at serious risk for long-range punishments.

DUI & DWI DefenseDUI & DWI Defense

A local police or state patrol stop for suspicion of drunk driving shouldn’t be the end of the world for anyone — whether it’s your first offense or your third.

Drug ChargesDrug Charges

A guilty verdict in a criminal trial for methamphetamine manufacture or heroin trafficking can put you in prison for years.

White Collar CrimesWhite-Collar Crimes

Whether you are an executive or a receptionist, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and you have a right to your day in court.

Identity TheftFraud & ID Theft

In criminal law, fraud is a very broad category that includes a wide array of actions that many people do not even realize are crimes.

Violent CrimesViolent Crimes

A domestic violence complaint may have started with a “he said, she said” situation. Scott C. Thomas explores every strategy for having your charges reduced or dismissed.

First Time Felony Charges?

With so much at stake, if you face allegations of a violent crime, drug charge, sex crime, white-collar financial crime, or DUI/DWI, there is no substitute for having an experienced criminal defense attorney standing by to represent your interests.

Call Now 949-945-2085

If you feel that your rights were violated, leading to your arrest, we want to discuss your views in an honest, informative, confidential consultation.

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