I was told I could plea bolo , quilt , or not quilt . I feel so horrible about the incident I had no idea he would bite . He barks at everything but she screams every time she sees them and I don't know if that excited him or not but he charged she ran and he bit . 2 small punctures but he definitely broke the skin . He is 7 month old Pitt bull pup and he is a ruff player but never bit anyone . I don't think we going to keep him but just wandering legally where do we stand .
Personal Injury Lawyer
The first thing you should do is report it to your insurance company. Most homeowner's policies cover dog bites, though a few specifically exclude pitbulls if you did not inform the insurance company of the dog when they wrote the policy. As far as the citation goes you should consult an attorney before you enter any plea because it will have an impact on your civil case if you get sued. Good luck.
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Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
It sounds like you may have had actual or, by virtue of violating ordinances, per se knowledge of the dog's vicious propensities. You should turn this over to your homeowner's insurer immediately.
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
There is no such thing as bolo, quilt and not quilt (I suspect you meant nolo, guilty and not guilty).
The first thing you must do is call your homeowner's insurance. There is a some likelihood that you will be sued, and they will defend the civil case and pay damages. (They will likely also cancel your insurance going forward, and you will find, with a pit bull, that most insurers, who share information on claims, will refuse to cover you going forward).
As for the criminal charges, meet with a lawyer. Some courts may enhance fines for what some consider to be a dangerous breed (pit bulls). How you plead also can affect any civil case.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
I agree the the other counsel that you should report the incident to your homeowners insurance company. As for the plea you need to retain a criminal attorney who is familiar with the local court system. Every state has its own criminal statutes, and often individual judges and prosecutors have there own plea bargain standards. If you can't afford an attorney the court will provide a public defender or possibly a court appointed free private attorney. Do not even consider entering a plea without consulting an attorney.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
You should consult a criminal attorney regarding how to plead your case since a guilty plea may affect the outcome of any civil case that might be filed against you on behalf of the victim. I hope you have homeowner's insurance and you should notify that insurance company or your agent, in writing, about the incident immediately.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
According to the facts, you may have a defense to one or more of these charges. However, even if there is no defense, you want to plea to these charges so as to not admit liability for a subsequent civil suit for damages by the child's parents. You need to retain counsel to advise you how to handle this case.
DUI / DWI Attorney
If this occurred in Gwinnett County, you will most likely to before Judge Muise in Recorders Court to answer the citations. If this is the first time the dog bit someone, you will probably be facing a fine and will be ordered to pay for any medical bills. The judge will want to know what measures you are taking to make sure that the dog doesn't bite anyone in the future. She will want to hear about restraints (fence, etc) and training. Since this is a first bite, there should not be any worry about the dog being put down. You also need to worry about civil actions from the girl's parents who could sue you. Again, since you had no reason to know the dog would bite, you may have do defense to any lawsuit.
I practice in Gwinnett Recorders Court on a regular basis and would be happy to talk to you about the case. My number is 678-636-9224.