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I am a criminal defense attorney and I believe I can provide assistance in this matter. However, a bit of clarification would help. Can you provide the ordinance number under which you were charged? Thank you.
Thank you...Tucson City has some raving pro-dog activists, of which, ironically I am supportive of. There are A LOT of criminal laws pertaining to dogs. I THINK my criminal offense is: TC4-3.2B Animal-no water. At least that is what I can determine from my citation
That ordinance actually states that water must be "accessible to the animal at all times". So, from a strict reading of the ordinance, you would appear to be guilty of the offense. Having said that, I would suggest that you have some mitigating circumstances in your favor. This would include the items that you detailed above indicating that you take proper care of your pets.
As you may know, a violation of the ordinance is punishable by incarceration and fines of up to $1,000. With this in mind, I would certainly suggest retaining an attorney. You might check with family or friends to see if they have any recommendations. Otherwise, a quick Google search will help you locate dozens of attorneys in your area. You should consider finding 3 or 4 that seem to meet your criteria and meeting with each in person to explain your situation. You could then retain the one that most makes you feel that he can provide the representation you need.
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