Snohomish County Fish & Wildlife Violation Defense Attorney
Fish & Wildlife Violations in Washington
Were you arrested on suspicion of violating the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Code in Washington? This code outlines numerous fish and wildlife offenses and the various penalties associated with each violation. If you have been arrested or charged with a fish and wildlife violation, your first step should be to contact a member of my legal team. We will do everything in our power to provide the best defense in your case. We are experienced in defending all fish and wildlife violations including unlawful recreational fishing, unlawful hydraulic activity, unlawful hunting of big game, bear baiting, unlawful hunting of wild animals, waste of fish and wildlife, unlawful use of department lands, and hunting while intoxicated.
The laws regarding fishing and hunting are extensive and are among the most complex in the State of Washington. Due to this fact, you may be accused of a violation when you did not even realize you were breaking the law. In order to have the best chance of getting your charges reduced or even dismissed, you should have a defense attorney on your side who is experienced with these laws.
Common Fish and Wildlife Offenses
One of the most common wildlife offenses is unlawful recreational fishing (RCW 77.15.370 and RCW 77.15.380). Unlawful recreational fishing can either be a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense depending on the circumstances. For example, if you are accused of taking twice the legal limit of fish or fishing in a fishway you could be charged with unlawful recreational fishing in the first degree, a gross misdemeanor.
Another common charge in Washington is unlawful hunting of big game (RCW 77.15.410). Unlawful hunting of big game is either a gross misdemeanor or a class C felony offense depending on the alleged facts of the case. A conviction for unlawful hunting of big game will result in a suspension of your hunting rights. If convicted of a big game violation that resulted in the death of a big game animal, you will also be required to pay a hefty criminal wildlife penalty and you will be unable to restore your hunting rights until the penalty is paid in full.
You can be charged with waste of fish and wildlife (RCW 77.15.170) if you kill, take, or possess fish or wildlife and recklessly allow the fish or wildlife to be wasted. This charge often results when a person kills fish or wildlife and then abandons the kill. The penalties depend on the value of the wasted fish or wildlife. A gross misdemeanor conviction for waste of fish and wildlife carries with it a one-year fishing or hunting license suspension.
Another common violation is unlawful hydraulic project activities (RCW 77.15.300). This violation occurs when you conduct a hydraulic project without a requisite permit, in violation of a permit, or in violation of the hydraulic code (RCW 77.55). Unlawful hydraulic project activities is a gross misdemeanor offense.
More questions? Talk to a Lynnwood fishing violation lawyer!
If you thought that you were following all of the guidelines yet were still charged with a fish and wildlife violation, you should talk to a Snohomish County criminal defense lawyer from my team at the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear. Need a lawyer for your criminal case in Lynnwood, WA? I have experience in every area of
criminal law and my experience as a former prosecutor will give you a unique edge in court. I will do everything in my power to stand up for your rights and fight to get your best resolution. Whether you were falsely accused or know you make a mistake, I will be there with you every step of the way.
Contact a Snohomish County fish and wildlife defense attorneyfrom our team today for a free case evaluation!