cited in backwater (ashes lake) of columbia river for fishing without a washington lic. had valid oregon license. apparently it is now a gross misdemeanor! Fishing from a boat, entry to backwater from main channel had no signage. thought we were within regulation as states supposedly have reciprocity clause for the columbia. I am worried that i will have my oregon fishing license suspended due to the wildlife violator compact, which would be devastating as I live to fish and am starting a college fishing club.. is there any chance of winning this case?
if convicted i will have to move to another state as my reason for living is fishing. Please help!
You will need to contact a local attorney to discuss your case. The Courts in that area deal with a number of wildlife case and you need to hire an attorney that is familiar with the boarder lines, required notice, and the local prosecutors. Your options are not limited to winning trial or losing, there may be an alternative negotiations that your attorney can work out with the State the may preserve your ability to fish. Use the "Find a Lawyer" tab above to locate a few attorneys. Most of us offer a free consultation.
Lucas D. McWethy
There's always a chance of winning, but you need to hire a local attorney (licensed in Washington) in order to investigate the case and defend you appropriately.
I can tell you this much for sure: fish and wildlife laws are VERY complicated and unique from any other type of criminal law. You will not do well to represent yourself in this type of a case. Yes, you could lose your ability to fish and become a convict. You need to hire a criminal defense attorney, but also one who has experience with fish and wildlife cases. Good luck.
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