Facing Your Washington State Avoiding Wildlife Check Station Charge

Have you been charged with avoiding a wildlife check station (RCW 77.15.470) in King, Snohomish, Skagit, or Whatcom County? Recently, our office has noticed an increase in fish and wildlife cases with this charge added on. You can be charged with avoiding a wildlife check station or field inspection in Washington State if you fail to obey check station signs, fail to stop and report at a check station if directed to do so, or if you fail to produce items when requested by a fish and wildlife officer.

We frequently see this charge when a fish and wildlife officer asks to look in a client's vehicle and the client initially hesitates to allow them to do so. You may find that you are charged even if you eventually allowed the officer to check your vehicle or otherwise submitted to the officer's requests. This charge is often coupled with other charges such as Unlawful Recreational Fishing (RCW 77.15.370 and 77.15.380). Avoiding a wildlife check station or field inspection is a gross misdemeanor which means, if convicted, you could be facing up to 364 days in jail, a $5000 fine, two years of probation, along with a number of other collateral consequences associated with a criminal conviction.

It is important to contact a Washington state fish and wildlife defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss the unique aspects of your particular case. I, Snohomish County Fish and Wildlife Defense Attorney Lance R. Fryrear, have over a decade of experience defending Fish and Wildlife cases that I will put to work for you. Contact me today for your free consultation .

Categories: Fish and Wildlife