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Notice Regarding Deadly Weapon Enhancement in Animal Cruelty Cases

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has held that the sentencing enhancement for exhibition of a deadly weapon does not apply to the exhibition or use of a deadly weapon against an animal.  Prichard v. State, PD-0712-16, 2017 WL 2791524, at *1 (Tex. Crim. App. June 28, 2017), reh’g denied (Aug. 23, 2017). 

If you were previously convicted of animal cruelty or are currently charged with animal cruelty, this decision may affect your case. 

If you have any questions regarding this holding and its potential impact on your criminal case, contact your attorney.