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Kitsap County Fishing Violations Lawyer

Defending Clients Facing Fishing Violations in Washington

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 & Cooper, 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.

Are you facing fines or criminal charges for a fishing violation in Washington? Call Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. today at (206) 222-7701 or contact us online to meet with our fishing violations attorney in Kitsap County.

What Are Fishing Violations in Washington?

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

What Are the Penalties and Fines for a Fishing Violation in Washington?

In Washington, unlawful recreational fishing of the first degree is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine up to $5000 and up to 364 days in jail. Second degree unlawful recreational fishing is also a misdemeanor offense, carrying up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.

Recreational fishing violations include:

  • Possessing an endangered species of fish
  • Fishing without the proper license/permit
  • You have obtained fish or shellfish by way on snare, dipnet, stone, gaff or snag
  • You are caught fising in a fishway

Contact Us Today To Start Your Defense

Whether you made a mistake or simply did not understand the laws, Ramirez & Cooper, 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.

Contact Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. today for a free case evaluation!


The attorneys at Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. have a thorough understanding of the legal proceedings and criminal statutes. We are able to give our clients the resources, advocacy and legal advice they need to be successful inside and outside the courtroom. Our legal team will stand by your side every step of the way and always keep you updated on the status of your case. We handle criminal cases throughout Washington state. Let us build a case strategy for you or your loved one, we may be able to take action before charges are even filed.

  • Over 30 Years’ of Combined Legal Experience
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