Ecoterrorism is a broad and loosely defined term that relates to unlawful interference with timber, mining or agricultural industries. In the poaching context, ecoterrorism typically involves offenses committed against animal enterprises, including farms and livestock operations.
Utah ecoterrorism charges can be brought against any person who commits a criminal act that harms the operation of an animal enterprise, such as stealing farm equipment or killing livestock. Ecoterrorism charges are often brought against protesters and environmental activists who believe that they are just exercising their rights to free speech and protest.
Interference with a lawful animal enterprise can result in second-degree felony charges. In Utah, a second-degree felony can carry a $10,000 fine and a 15-year prison sentence.
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Even if a felony conviction results only in a fine or restitution, it can still interfere with a Utah resident’s housing, employment and educational opportunities. That is why it is important to take all poaching and ecoterrorism charges seriously and seek a qualified criminal defense attorney.
The attorneys at Greg Smith and Associates handle poaching and wildlife cases throughout Utah, including the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Capital Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Contact us online or call our office at 801-651-1512 to set up a free consultation. We understand that your case is important, which is why we are available for evening and weekend appointments. We are also available every day of the week, including holidays.