Habitual Wanton Destruction of Protected Wildlife

Have you been charged with multiple wildlife crimes in Utah? If so, you may face felony charges of habitual wanton destruction of protected wildlife. Utah hunters can be charged with habitual destruction of protected wildlife if they are convicted of illegally killing big game animals multiple times within a seven-year period.

The Utah Wildlife Board considers big game animals to include:

  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Pronghorn
  • Moose
  • Bison
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Rocky Mountain goats

It is important to have legal representation if you have been accused of illegally hunting a big game animal. Many Utah hunters make the mistake of treating hunting crimes like parking tickets, not serious criminal matters.

In a habitual wanton destruction of protected wildlife case, a prior “conviction” includes a no contest plea or a guilty plea. This means that you can be charged with the habitual destruction of protected wildlife if you previously paid a fine and pleaded guilty to your first big game hunting violation.

Utah’s Premier Hunting Violation Defense Firm

The attorneys at Greg Smith and Associates handle poaching and wildlife cases throughout Utah. Our attorneys have prosecutorial experience and know the tactics that the Wildlife Board and prosecutors will use to attempt to convict a hunter of a poaching crime.

Many hunters make their situations worse by attempting to “explain themselves” to Wildlife Division officials. It is important to consult with a defense attorney before speaking to Wildlife Resource officers about your case.

Our law firm represents individuals accused of wildlife crimes in parks and forests throughout Utah, including Wasatch National Forest, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Dixie National Forest and the Round Valley Wildlife Management Area. To arrange a free consultation with one of our poaching law attorneys, call us at 801-651-1512 or contact us online.

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