The most common wildlife violations given out in Colorado every year are Fishing Without a License, and Unlawful Possession of Fish. In 2015, officers with the enforcement division of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife issued 923 and 550 tickets for these offenses, respectively. If you are faced with a Colorado Fishing Violation for these, or other fishing based offenses in Colorado, you should know that you may have options and should consult with an attorney prior to paying your fines and pleading guilty.
Can I Fight A Colorado Fishing Violation?
Cases involving fishing violations are important when considering your prior violations and any points you may already have or are receiving in conjunction with your new charges. Fishing violations can add up very quickly, with some statutes authorizing points for every fish in your possession. This is especially true for offenses such as trespassing while fishing or fishing without permission on private property and fishing without a license. For these offenses, all fish in your possession may be deemed to be unlawfully possessed and create additional charges and points.
You also may have defenses available to you depending on the situation in which you received your Colorado Fishing Violation. An attorney will help determine whether any of your rights were violated by officers while conducting a search of your boat or vehicle, or while officers were questioning, you, your family, and your companions. Fishing charges, while often small matters that are overlooked by many courts, are still criminal charges that should be approached with caution and regard for the law.
Colorado Fishing Violation Attorney Nathaniel Gilbert has helped individuals, guides, and outfitters with wildlife violations in several states. If you receive a Colorado Fishing Violation, a consultation with Nathaniel Gilbert can help you determine your best option in dealing with your ticket. For more information on Colorado Fishing Violations or to speak with Nate, Click Here.