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Avoiding Arizona Fish & Game Violation Convictions
The Arizona Game and Fish Department regulates outdoor recreation, covering a wide variety of activities. Hunting, trapping, fishing, boating and off-highway vehicles (OHV) activities are all covered under this umbrella, with an extensive amount of laws and codes regulating these activities. These rules and regulations must be followed or you could face fines, penalties and jail time for violations. This is a very detailed area of law that not all attorneys are familiar with, which is why it is important to have a criminal defense attorney versed in Arizona game and fish law on your side if you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony violation of this type.
“You Mean There Is A Law Against That?”
Since the rules governing fishing, hunting and trapping in Arizona are extensive, and not necessarily well publicized, you may not realize you are violating the law. While it is well-known that a license is needed for most fishing and hunting activities, there are many other regulations that you may not be aware of that can lead to a violation. These can include:
- Taking wildlife with an unlawful method or device
- Using dogs to hunt big game (except mountain lions and bears)
- Possessing or transporting a carcass of big game without a tag attached
- Using the edible parts of a game bird or animal as bait
- Littering in hunting areas
- Discharging a firearm within a quarter mile of an occupied residence
- Wasting edible portions of a game bird, animal or fish, except in accordance to § 17-302
- Bartering or selling any wildlife taken illegally, or assisting someone for monetary gain to obtain wildlife illegally
Many Arizona Game and Fish violations are misdemeanors, with some felony violations. In addition, license revocation and hefty fines are common if you are convicted of one of these violations. You could be facing a permanent scar on your record that could impact employment and other opportunities if convicted for a game and fish violation in Arizona.
Hire A Lawyer With The Experience And Knowledge To Fight For You
If you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony Arizona Game and Fish violation, you need an experienced criminal lawyer on your side. Our team at Matthew Lopez Law can help you fight a criminal charge for a wildlife or game violation. We understand the intricacies of this specialized area of law and can help you fight your allegations. The Game and Fish officers in Arizona are known for their meticulous attention to detail. It is vital that you have an experienced attorney to fight your case to have the charges dismissed or reduced to protect your permanent record.
Do not let a recreational violation impact the rest of your life. If you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge for a fish or game violation, call us at 602-980-1987 or use our online contact form.