Wildlife crimes usually involve harm to animals, including illegal poaching or the destruction of an animal’s habitat. Criminal charges can also be brought against individuals who interfere with the legal hunting and trapping of animals in Utah.
Utah law prohibits interference with licensed hunters, including any legal hunting, trapping, falconry or predator control activities.
Individuals who are found to have interfered with legal hunting activity can be charged with disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is a class C misdemeanor in Utah if the offense continues after a person has been asked to stop. A class C misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $750 fine.
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Many Utah residents make the mistake of not taking wildlife criminal citations seriously. Although most people accused of illegal inference with hunters are only subjected to fines, pleading guilty to these charges does result in a criminal record that can hurt an individual’s employment, educational and housing prospects.
The attorneys at Greg Smith and Associates handle poaching and wildlife cases throughout Utah, including those occurring in Wasatch National Forest, Zion National Park, Antelope Island State Park and Weber County North Fork Park. Our lead attorney, Gregory B. Smith, has prosecutorial experience and knows how to successfully defend Utah residents against even the most complicated criminal charges.
To arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at 801-651-1512 or contact us online.