Receiving a Kansas hunting violation is never a pleasant experience. Whatever the circumstances and whatever the reason, hunters facing charges for hunting mistakes face an uphill battle. When you do receive a hunting violation in Kansas, you should know that you do have options and possibly defenses. You may just pay the violation or choose to fight it, and though the choice may seem simple enough, neither should be taken lightly.
If you do receive a hunting violation, you may choose to just plead guilty and pay the fine. You should understand that paying the fine is pleading guilty to the charges and waives any defenses you may have had. You won’t be able to come back later and try to reopen the case to fight the charges. Whatever charges you plead guilty to will be on your record and you could even lose your hunting privileges. Some charges may actually involve jail time, and pleading guilty could have you facing serious time away from your job, family, and friends behind bars. However unlikely for hunting violations, you should understand that it is a possibility for some offenses.
That being said, choosing to fight a hunting violation is not a decision that should be taken lightly. The process of fighting the charges of illegal hunting can be long and somewhat draining. Hearings, motions, negotiations with the State, arguments, and possibly even a trial can be a daunting thing for someone unfamiliar with the justice system to face.
The best thing you can do when you receive a Kansas hunting violation is consult with an attorney. Nate Gilbert, a Kansas native, outdoorsman, and attorney has built a practice dealing with Kansas hunting violations and defending hunter’s rights in courts in Kansas as well as Colorado. Consulting with Nate when you receive a hunting violation is free and will help determine the best options for you and what defenses you may have available.