Did they give you any indication of what plant or animal they thought you had that was dangerous? *If I had to guess, I would say it has nothing to do with the plants and everything to do with the snakes. *Some people are just terribly frightened of snakes and do not differentiate between poisonous and non poisonous snakes. *I would at least consult with a lawyer and then ask him or her about the possiblillity of a suit against the person involved. *I would also confront the landlord and tell them that you are considering a suit to recup. your losses. *If you do indeed have no plants or animals that fall into this category that this should be an open and shut case. *I'm not sure what state you live in, but
someone is hoodwinking the justice system. *Usually before criminal charges are files there first must be an investigation into whether a crime was committed or not. *When the investigation is completed, law enforment presents its evidence to the *DA who then decides whether there is sufficient evidence to file charges. *It sounds like the whole investigation process was thrown out the window.
EDIT: I just saw the outcome. I guess I was right about the snakes. If there is an ordinance about venomous animals and contrictors, then you are out of luck on those two. If the ordinance does not specify exceptions and both of those snakes are as said (one is venomous and one is a constrictor) than you will not win at appeal. The CP are a different matter. I would contact local and national media immediately. Admitt that the snakes are against the ordinance so you can take away any argument about your dangerous plants and animals before the prosecution can make it. Tell them your real problem is with the government confiscating your plants. Be sure to bring up the fact that these plants are sold at many local nurserys and at hundredst of hardware stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot. If you have a local Lowe's or Home Depot that sells thes plants, contact them and tell them that plants they sell are being confiscated. Let them get their lawyers involved. Create a public relation nightmare for the district attorney and judge. Let the public know what their elected officials are wasting their tax dollars on.