San Francisco, CA asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for California

Q: If I am arrested for something while in the company of my service dog, can the police separate us? I'm legally disabled

3 Lawyer Answers
David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Van Nuys, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Interesting question that requires more information. What were you arrested for? Where were you arrested (home, in a car, at another location) and what is your disability?

If you are interested in filing a lawsuit you need a lawyer specializing in ADA/Civil rights. If you want to see how this would help defend your criminal case, please supply the above-mentioned facts.

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Of course they can. Service dogs or emotional support dogs are rarely allowed in jail or prison and only if no other reasonable accommodation of the disability can be achieved.

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

reason for arrest? where? what was citation code number/

the reality of life is that police don't have a place for a dog when they arrest someone but that may make it more likely you will be "kicked out" earlier.

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