Utah’s Poaching Sting Operation

Hunting Violations Defense Lawyer

It’s that time of year again.  No, not college football (even though that did start yesterday with a victory by the Utes), but hunting season.  It’s the time of year that men, women, and children bid farewell to the comfort of home and leave the crowded areas of St. George, Provo, Salt Lake, and Ogden for the open spaces of the Utah mountains and countryside in hopes of finding the big one.  If hunters aren’t careful, however, instead of hunting for big game, they may be hunting for a good Utah criminal defense lawyer.

Beware of the State’s Sting Operaion

The vast majority of people who hunt do so legally.  They obtain the proper permits, hunt in appropriate areas, and respect the hunting hours.  Unfortunately, even law-abiding hunters break the law without realizing it.  Their ignorance will be no defense though when an officer from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) gives them a hunting violation citation for poaching.  Hunters may not think they are poaching when they see a beautiful buck standing at the side of the road, but if they shoot at it, they could be.  Much like a drug or prostitution sting, the DWR will perform poaching stings throughout the state.

In an effort to stop poaching and other hunting violations, the DWR warned hunters this week that they will be using fake and real deer to catch poachers.  The DWR will place robotic deer near roadsides throughout Utah after hunting hours have ended.  The fake deer look real and even move their heads to fool unsuspecting hunters into firing at them.  Once the hunters fire, hidden DWR officers will emerge with citations in hand.  Hunting violations such as poaching can result in heavy fines, restitution payments, jail time, and loss of hunting privileges not just in Utah, but throughout the country.  The consequences of a hunting violation are reasons why any hunter facing criminal charges should contact a Utah criminal defense lawyer.

Protect Yourself From Poaching Charges

The best way to protect yourself from poaching charges and other hunting violations is to not poach.  If a deer seems too good to be true, it probably is.  If you do end up falling prey to DWR’s poaching hunt, contact a Utah criminal defense lawyer from Salcido Law Firm.  An SLF attorney will fight hard to protect you from the DWR and their efforts to trick people into poaching.  Call 801.413.1753 for a free consultation with a Utah criminal defense lawyer today.

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