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I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.
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It happened today. May you assist in providing some legal information about the situation. Thanks!
Yes I will be glad to do that.
Did this police officer take down your information?
Was the local police called to the scene?
He has used his I phone to take a picture of my ID
He is an inspector of NIATTF(The Northern Illinois Auto Theft Task Force)
Any police officer in Illinois has the authority to enforce laws on or off duty and once this officer has identified himself as police officer, he is considered to be on duty.
He didnt give me a citation but he told me that he was going to report to the State of Attorney in Illinois. I will receive a citation if they decided to convict me
Was local police called to the scene?
Well, cruelty to animals is a class c misdemeanor in Illinois and if someone is charged and convicted of such crime, the person can be subject to up to 30 days in jail and fine of up to $500.
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Yes. But i did not have any intention to harm my dog. what is the consequences If local police was called to the scene,. No local police was called to the scene. he just took a picture of my ID and told me he would report to State of Attorney. If no citation is given at the spot, should this be a concern?
Thank you for your follow up.
While this police officer can make a report to the State Attorney and the State Attorney will review the report to decide whether to charge you with this crime of animal cruelty, there is really not much that can be done in the meantime, as it would be up to the State Attorney's office whether to charge you and it is not even certain that this police officer will report this incident to the state attorney's office.
He might just tried to scare you into not leaving your dog in a car unattended again.
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Yes it make sense. why would he go for The State of Attorney instead of giving the citation on the spot? So i hope that he was just trying to scare me
It is possible and likely
And even if this officer does file a report, it doesn't mean that the state attorney will charge you with the crime.
Basically, if this officer really wanted you arrested and charged, he would have called the local police and they local police would have handled this incident
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