California Poaching Laws & Defense
California Fish & Game Section 2000 - 2002
The laws on the crimes of poaching and unlawful animal possession of game animals are found at California Fish & Game sections 2000, 2001, and 2002.
Poaching, under FG 2000, is defined as the illegal hunting, killing, or capturing of wild animals. The crime of unlawful possession or taking of a game animal or creature (FG 2001) is often charged in conjunction with poaching charges.
To be found guilty of the crime of poaching under FG 2000 the district attorney must prove that the defendant knew he or she was on protected land and that while on protected land the defendant killed, hunted, or captured a wild animal without a license, or during the off-season.
Often times it is difficult to prove FG 2000, or to show that the defendant is the person who actually killed, hunted or captured a protected animal. This is because the defendant is usually caught after the fact of the killing, hunting, or capturing, and often times the defendant is with several other hunters. Therefore, the district attorney will usually charge FG 2001 or 2002, unlawful possession of game animal or creature, along with the FG 2000 charges.
Punishment & Sentence for Poaching
Both poaching and unlawful possession of game animal or creature are charged as misdemeanors. If found guilty of most FG 2000 - 2002 charges the defendant may face up to one hundred eighty (18) days in the county jail.
Additional punishment can include: fines, restraining orders, harsh probation terms, restitution, civil lawsuits, and more.
In many cases it is possible to reduce the criminal charges or the penalties associated with any criminal charge. In addition, a criminal defense attorney may defend against the poaching or unlawful possession of game animal or creature without the defendant having to attend court.
Defense to FG 2000, 2001, & 2002
Common defenses to poaching crimes include: insufficient evidence to prove the defendant is the person who actually killed the animal subject to protection, mistake of fact, coerced confessions, statute of limitations, lack of jurisdiction, insanity, and more.
If you are charged with poaching or unlawful taking or possession of game animal or creature under FG 2000, 2001, or 2002, contact our criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation.
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