We are able to defend any prosecution under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, we have access to leading expert witnesses to provide full and comprehensive reports on the character of the dog(s) and to attend court to give evidence.
Under section 3 of the Act, if a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place, the owner and if different, the person for the time being in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence, or if the dog while out of control injures any person an aggravated offence will be committed.
In proceedings for this offence, a person who is the owner of a dog but was not at the relevant time in charge of it, there may be a defence for the accused to prove that the dog was at the material time in the charge of a person whom he or she reasonably believed to be a fit and proper person to be in charge of the dog.
If the owner or if different, the person for the time being in charge of a dog allows it to enter a place which is not a public place where it is not permitted to be and whilst it is there, the dog injures any person, or there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that it will do so, the person will be guilty of an offence, or if the dog injures any person, an aggravated offence.
Where a person is convicted of an offence under Sections 1 or 3, or under Section 2 (Other specially dangerous dogs) the court may: Order the destruction of any dog in respect of which the offence was committed and shall do so under Section 1 or an aggravated offence under Section 3, and may order the offender to be disqualified for such period as the court thinks fit, for having custody of a dog
The Police are at liberty to take the dog(s) and place them in police kennels until the conclusion of any court proceedings.
A person under the age of 16 years cannot legally own a dog, the person who is in charge of the property where the dog is normally kept, (the head of the household) is the legal owner for the purposes of the act.
It is an offence to have a specially controlled dog in your possession or under your control.
Recent changes to Legal Aid have meant that funding is now very limited for criminal cases, we do not feel that it is possible to represent clients to the standard that we would think is necessary and therefore, we do not therefore offer Legal Aid.
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