The Arizona Game and Fish Department regulates outdoor recreation, covering a wide variety of activities. Hunting, trapping, fishing, boating and Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) activities are all covered under this umbrella, with an extensive amount of laws and codes regulating these activities. If you are an outdoors person, these rules and regulations must be followed or you could face fines, penalties and jail time for violations.
There is an extensive code of rules and regulations that must be followed, with criminal penalties for many types of violations. This is a very detailed area of law that not all attorneys are familiar with, which is why it is important to have an attorney versed in Arizona Game & Fish law on your side if you are charged with a game and fish misdemeanor or felony violation in Arizona.
Since the rules governing fishing, hunting and trapping in Arizona are extensive, you may not realize you are violating the law. While it is well-known that a license is needed for most fishing and hunting activities, there are many other regulations that you may not be aware of that can lead to a violation. These can include:
- Taking wildlife with an unlawful method or device
- Using dogs to hunt big game (except mountain lions and bear)
- Possessing or transporting a carcass of big game without a tag attached
- Using the edible parts of a game bird or animal as bait
- Littering in hunting areas
- Discharging a firearm within ¼ mile of an occupied residence
- Wasting edible portions of a game bird, animal or fish, except in accordance to § 17-302
- Bartering or selling any wildlife taken illegally, or assisting someone for monetary gain to obtain wildlife illegally
Many Arizona Game and Fish violations are misdemeanors, with some felony violations. In addition, license revocation and hefty fines are common if you are convicted of one of these violations. You could be facing a permanent scar on your record that could impact employment and other opportunities if convicted for a Game and Fish violation in Arizona.
Game and Fish Attorney in Arizona
If you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony Arizona Game and Fish violation, you need an experienced criminal lawyer on your side. Our team at Matthew Lopez Law, PLLC can help you fight a criminal charge for a wildlife or game violation. We understand the intricacies of this specialized area of law and can help you fight your allegations. The Game and Fish officers in Arizona are known for their meticulous attention to detail. It is vital that you have an experienced attorney to fight your case to have the charges dismissed or reduced to protect your permanent record.
Do not let a recreational violation impact the rest of your life. If you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge for a fish or game violation, contact our office to talk to a legal expert about your case.