If you have been charged with Unlawful Recreational Fishing in Cascade
District Court, Evergreen District Court, or anywhere else in Snohomish
County, Washington, you are probably wondering what exactly Unlawful Recreational
Fishing is and how a conviction can affect your life.
There are two degrees of Recreational Fishing violations. Both are non-felony
criminal offenses. First,
Unlawful Recreational Fishing in the First Degree (RCW 77.15.370) is a gross misdemeanor offense which means, if convicted,
you could be facing a sentence of up to 364 days of jail imposed and a
$5000 fine. You can be charged with Unlawful Recreational Fishing in the
1st degree if: (1) you take, possess, or retain two times or more than
the bag limit or possession limit of fish or shellfish allowed by any
rule of the director or commission setting the amount of food fish, game
fish, or shellfish that can be taken, possessed, or retained for noncommercial
use; (2) you fish in a fishway; (3) you shoot, gaff, snag, snare, dipnet,
or stone fish or shellfish in state waters, or possess fish or shellfish
taken by such means, unless such means are authorized by express rule
of the commission or director; (4) you fish for or possess a fish listed
as threatened or endangered unless fishing for or possession of such fish
is specifically allowed under federal or state law; or (5) you possess
a sturgeon measuring in excess of the maximum size limit.
Unlawful Recreational Fishing in the Second Degree (RCW 77.15.380) is a misdemeanor offense which means, if convicted, you
could be facing a sentence of up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine.
You can be charged with Unlawful Recreational Fishing in the 2nd Degree
if you fish for, take, possess, or harvest fish or shellfish and either
do not have and possess the license or catch record card required under
law or your action violates a rule regarding seasons, bag or possession
limits (but is less than two times the limit), closed areas, closed times,
or any other rule addressing the manner or method of fishing or possession
of fish (except the use of a net which is covered in RCW 77.15.580 and
the unlawful use of shellfish gear for personal use which is covered in
Aside from the potential jail and fine consequences, there are
additional fishing license consequences that may apply in your case. If you have three recreational fishing or
hunting violations within a ten-year period, your fishing and hunting
privileges will be revoked for two years (RCW 77.15.700).
If you have been charged with Unlawful Recreational Fishing in Arlington,
Monroe, Cascade District Court, Evergreen District Court, or elsewhere
in Snohomish County or Washington State contact me, experienced
fish and wildlife defense attorney Lance R. Fryrear today. I have over ten years of experience as a Snohomish County Criminal
Defense Attorney and my
client testimonials speak for themselves.
Contact Snohomish County unlawful recreational fishing defense attorney
Lance R. Fryrear today for your free consultation. I am here to help.