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Defense Against Fish And Game Violations In Auburn

In many cases, hunting and fishing offenses are honest errors. Unfortunately, not knowing the law is not an excuse if you are accused of poaching or other violations of California wildlife regulations. These violations carry the potential for harsh penalties, including jail, confiscation of firearms and loss of hunting privileges. I have been an avid sportsman for over thirty years. I know how important my license is for me and will work to help retain your license as well.

I am Placer County defense lawyer Michael Thomas Lynch and I will do my best to make sure you understand the allegations against you. I will take the time to talk with you so that you fully understand the legal strategies available in your situation.

Hunting And Poaching Offenses • Fish And Wildlife Violations

The California Department of Fish and Game is responsible for enforcing California's hunting and fishing regulations. Conservation officers and wardens can be aggressive and quite zealous in their efforts to stop poaching of big game, upland game, waterfowl and fish. Unfortunately, that means that many hunters and anglers who are innocent or who unknowingly violated the law are prosecuted.

My fishing defense practice includes representation in a wide range of cases, including:

  • Harvesting red abalone without a fishing license
  • Alleged violations of abalone stamp card rules
  • Improper tagging, quantity or size violations of abalone
  • Sport fishing regulations related to Chinook salmon, steelhead, and California halibut
  • Rockfish-related violations, including: cabezon, greenlings, lingcod
  • Sport harvesting of mussels, clams, scallops, & crabs
  • Improperly deterring California sea lions and Pacific harbor seals

I also handle hunting violation cases involving:

  • Hunting or fishing without a license
  • Taking a big game without a permit or tag
  • Hunting quail, duck or other game out of season
  • Exceeding possession or daily bag limits
  • Hunting outside of a designated zone
  • Trespassing on private or restricted government lands
  • Shooting and firearms violations
  • Other hunting violations

Criminal Defense For California Hunters

If you are accused of poaching or other hunting offenses in the state of California, contact my Auburn hunting defense law firm for a knowledgeable and vigorous defense. I can represent residents of other states charged with hunting and fishing violations in California.

The penalties for a poaching conviction may include jail time, fines and restitution, confiscation of hunting equipment and the loss of hunting privileges. If you are convicted of certain crimes, you may also be unable to obtain hunting or fishing licenses in other states. California, along with 40 other states, is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which means that violations in California can affect your hunting, fishing or gaming rights in other states.

If you need an experienced lawyer to fight to protect your interests, contact my Placer County law firm or call my office at 530-886-4006 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. After-hours appointments available. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Translation services available.

Michael Thomas Lynch, Attorney at Law, serves clients in Auburn, Sacramento, Placer County and surrounding areas.


Michael Thomas Lynch, Attorney at Law
1223 High Street
Suite B6 
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: 530-886-4006
Fax: 530-886-2829
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