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Fish And Game Violation Attorneys In Idaho

Last updated on July 16, 2024

Idaho has many regulations to help maintain and conserve its diverse wildlife populations. However, many people are charged with wildlife crime before they are given a warning about how their actions affect the environment.

At Amendola Doty & Brumley, PLLC, our criminal defense attorneys understand why so many of our clients are confused and upset when they face severe criminal penalties for wildlife crimes. Idaho fish and game laws are complex and expanding every year. We have more than 80 years of experience handling these issues on behalf of our Coeur d’Alene clients.

What Is A Fish And Game Violation?

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) oversees the state’s regulations and procedures to maintain fish and wildlife resources. The following activities may be seen as fish and game violations:

  • Failing to obtain the correct hunting or fishing license
  • Improper tagging
  • Tagging transfer
  • Unlawful hunting of big game
  • Shooting at or killing wildlife from a boat or road
  • Poaching
  • License fraud
  • Unlawful hunting methods
  • Hunting on private property

It is not always clear why someone is facing criminal charges for fishing or hunting. Our experienced lawyers will investigate our client’s criminal charge and discuss the violation in detail.

How Are Violators Caught?

There are many ways someone might be reported for wildlife crime in Idaho. For example, friends, witnesses or members of nonprofit organizations for the prevention of poaching and other violations may report hunters and fishers anonymously. A hunter or fisher may also be caught violating wildlife laws by an officer or on camera.

What Are The Penalties For Fish And Game Violation?

A person charged with violating fish and game laws could face a minimum fine of $25 to a maximum of $1,000 and be jailed for six months. These penalties may vary depending on the number of animals, fish or birds illegally taken, possessed or disposed of.

Do I Need An Attorney?

It is important to understand your legal rights when defending yourself against fish and game violations. Reach out to one of our criminal defense attorneys by calling 208-449-1179 to schedule a consultation today.