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Fishing Violations

Fishing Violations in Kitsap County

Washington Criminal Defense Attorney

While fishing is a very popular activity around Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and other bodies of water, it is an activity subject to various laws and regulations. Violators may be subject to heavy fines and loss of their fishing licenses. If you have been accused of violating any of Kitsap County's fishing regulations, you should contact a criminal defense attorney from Ramirez & Walker, Inc. as soon as possible to protect yourself.

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife outlines the rules and procedures for proper fishing in Kitsap County waters. Violating these rules can result in negative consequences for your fishing license and misdemeanor or felony charges.

What type of violations and penalties could I be facing?

While it may seem confusing that you would face such serious charges for a fishing violation, it is crucial that you obtain legal counsel for these issues.

Common fishing violations include:

  • First degree unlawful recreational fishing
  • Second degree unlawful recreational fishing
  • Unlawful use of shellfish gear
  • Unlawful use of a net
  • Fishing without a license
  • Clamming violations, exceeding the limit
  • Unlawful transportation of fish or wildlife

Punishments vary with each offense. Second degree unlawful recreational fishing is a misdemeanor carrying up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. First degree unlawful recreational fishing can pertain to catching more fish than is allowed or fishing in an unlawful area. This charge can result in thousands of dollars in fines depending on the types and amount of fish caught.

Ramirez & Walker, Inc. Can Help You Today

Whether you made a mistake or simply did not understand the laws, Ramirez & Walker, Inc. can work to help you avoid the serious penalties can bring. The firm's prosecutorial experience can provide the edge you need to avoid being left with fines and imprisonment. They have experience in all fields of criminal defense and can argue on your behalf if you have been charged with a fishing violation in Kitsap County.

Call Ramirez & Walker, Inc. today to schedule your free case evaluation!