Defending Your Rights in Ocala Against Charges of Illegal Hunting
Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Tania Alavi and Andrew Pozzuto have over 55 years of combined Criminal Defense and trial experience. We will consider and explain all your options from challenging your arrest to preparing for trial. We will aggressively defend your rights investigating the state’s accusations, analyzing the issues, examining the evidence, and relentlessly advocating on your behalf. When tough situations become criminal charges, you need an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney fighting for you, seeking to understand your needs, investigating your case, defending you in court, and advocating for you. In Florida, fish and wildlife are protected by numerous state laws. The state also has specific licenses for individuals that hunt or fish.
FISH AND WILDLIFE VIOLATIONS IN FLORIDA
The most common fish and wildlife violations in Florida are:
- Fishing or hunting without a license or permit
- Out of season fishing or hunting
- Fishing or hunting on a suspended license
- Harming or killing protected fish or animals such as gators
- Fishing or hunting more than the legal limit for a specific species
- Taking of deer by gun & light
- Gopher Turtles – You cannot remove them or their burrows.
If you are caught in violation of multiple regulations, you can be subject to numerous fines that can be very hefty and expensive.
PENALTIES FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE VIOLATIONS
Florida penalizes fish and wildlife violations different than many other states and depending on the level of the violations, the penalties may vary.
A Level One Violation: These violations involve improper or lack of licensing for particular fishing or hunting. First offense is $50 and the cost of the license or permit. A second offense will be $250 plus the cost of the license or permit. A third offense within 36 months will be $250. If you fail to pay the penalty or appear in court, you can be charged with a misdemeanor in the second degree.
Level Two Violations: Penalties are: Has not committed a level two or above violation in the last 3 years; second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines. Has committed a level two or above violation in the last three years; first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, and $1000 in fines.
Level Three Violations: These involve the prohibited transfer, sale , and possession of wildlife, and the penalties are as follows: Has not committed a level three violation or above in the past ten years; first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $1000 in fines. Has committed a level three violation or above in the past ten years; first degree felony punishments in addition to $750 fine and recreational license suspension for three years.
Level Four Violations: Level four violations are the most severe Florida Fishery and Wildlife violations and the crime is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
WHY CHOOSE ATTORNEYS TANIA ALAVI AND ANDREW POZZUTO?
- We have over 55 years of combined criminal defense experience
- We are experienced professionals who fight on your behalf.
- We will relentlessly defend your rights, reputation, and freedom
- We are proven trial attorneys who have litigated a range of complex cases and issues
HOW EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
Criminal Defense Attorneys Tania Alavi & Andrew Pozzuto pride themselves on having a deep understanding of the law and the practical experience of knowing how to use the law to help you. Seeking the advice of an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer is critical to make certain your rights are protected. If you are charged with any type of hunting or wildlife crime in the state of Florida, contact the criminal defense attorneys at The AP Law Group in Ocala and Gainesville. Call us at 352-732-9191.