The statutes pertaining to fish and wildlife violations are some of the most complex laws in the State of Washington. Even hunters trying their best to comply with the law can get charged with a fish and wildlife crime. The statutes in question can confuse even criminal defense lawyers, prosecuting attorneys and judges. Hunting charges can lead to fines and even jail time. Convictions can also lead to revocation of hunting and fishing privileges. It is important to have a criminal defense lawyer with experience in fish and wildlife cases.
Fish and Game Charges
In Washington, fish and wildlife agents will issue tickets or citations for misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges such as Unlawful Hunting of Big Game in the Second Degree, or Spotlighting Big Game in the Second Degree. While these tickets look much like an infraction, these charges are criminal offenses. Felony charges include Unlawful Trafficking in Fish, Shellfish, or Wildlife in the First Degree, or Unlawful Taking of Endangered Fish and Wildlife in the First Degree. These felony charges are served by a complaint or “information” written and drafted by the prosecuting attorney.
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Washington Attorney Erin Bradley McAleer represents clients throughout Southwest Washington State, including in Clark County, Cowlitz County, and Skamania County and Vancouver, Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal, Woodland, Yacolt, Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, Longview, North Bonneville, and Stevenson. Attorney Erin Bradley McAleer focuses on the areas of Criminal Defense, Traffic Infractions, Landlord Tenant, Personal Injury, Firearm Rights Restoration, and Post-Conviction Relief (Vacating & Sealing Criminal Records).