A Colorado Hunting Violation is where any individual is accused or convicted of breaking a law regulating the taking wildlife in Colorado under Title 33 of the Colorado Revised Statute (Wildlife Enforcement). Additionally, an individual can be charged with a Colorado Hunting Violation for breaking any law contained in Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statute (Criminal Code). For conviction of a Colorado Hunting Violation, whether a violation cited under Title 33 or Title 18, hunters face losing their hunting privilege for a period of months up to revocation for life.
In my dealings with hunters, guides, and outfitters, defending Colorado Hunting Violations, the focus tends to shift toward hunting laws contained in Title 33 of the C.R.S. However, sportsmen are cautioned that convictions of those violations are not the only way to receive “Hunting Violations.” Hunters who are convicted of any violation contained in Title 18 that is committed while hunting or fishing can have their hunting privileges suspended just like those convicted of actually breaking hunting rules and regulations. CRS 33-6-106(1)(c).
For example, littering is an offense outlined in Title 18, Article 4, Part 5. (C.R.S. 18-4-511). Hunters and anglers who are cited for, and subsequently pay the fine or are convicted of littering while in the act of hunting, fishing, or trapping, are automatically given a hearing before the Colorado Department of Wildlife and Parks Commission to review the incident. Depending upon the findings of the commission, the hunter or fisherman may have his hunting and fishing privileges suspended. While convictions under Title 33, the hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife laws of Colorado, depend on point values to warrant a hearing with the Commission, any conviction under Title 18 is an automatic hearing. For more on point values, Click Here for an article on point values and possibly losing your hunting and fishing privileges.
If you are accused of any crime under Title 18 or Title 33, you should speak to an attorney before pleading guilty, paying a fine, or fighting the ticket on your own. Nate Gilbert is a Colorado Hunting Violation Attorney who can help you make the best decision regarding your charges and help preserve your hunting and fishing privileges during a free consultation.