When people are defending themselves against charges, it is good for them to be aware of the public impression of certain types of accusations. An accusation of a behavior that is considered beyond the pale can make a case much more difficult to defend. People can be accused of crimes that may not have serious penalties but still have a significant impact on how the public views that person. An effective defense to such criminal charges may be supported by a good understanding of the relevant Connecticut law.
Two brothers got into a fight outside of a restaurant in Connecticut. When the police came, the two men got into a physical altercation with them. It is not clear if the two men were the only participants in the original fight.
Each of the men was charged with assault of a police officer, among other charges. In addition, one of the men was charged with cruelty to animals when he grabbed a police dog by the neck. Although only one of the men received the additional charge, each received the same amount for bail. Both were released on $10,000 bail pending an upcoming arraignment.
The charge of attacking the dog did not increase the bail amount, which may indicate that it is not considered a very serious crime. Still, many people would look askance at someone who was said to have attacked a dog. Even if the man was merely defending himself, the criminal charges may be difficult to answer to in court. A good understanding of the law and how to explain the circumstances may enable this man from Connecticut, and others like him, to put on a good defense.
Source: ctpost.com, "Two men arrested in Milford fracas," Feb. 18, 2013