Nature, Regulations and Crimes in Washington

Civil Seizures

Civil Seizures | Criminal and Administrative Problems in Washington | A Defense Lawyer’s Viewpoint Civil Seizures of Property by Washington Fish and Wildlife Civil Seizure actions have become an increasingly common tactic with police agencies throughout Washington and the Department of Fish & Wildlife is no exception.  Fish & Wildlife officers may seize an individual’s…

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Unlawful Hunting of Wild Birds

Unlawful Hunting of Wild Birds | A Defense Lawyer’s Viewpoint | The Criminal and Administrative Problems in Washington Criminal Charges relating to Unlawful Hunting of Wild Birds We live, fish, and hunt in a heavily regulated State. Do not get caught unaware. There are numerous reasons why someone could be charged with unlawful hunting of…

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Ship Ballast Water

Ballast Water: An Administrative and Defense Law Lawyer’s Prospective. Ballast Water: The Criminal and Administrative Problems of the 21st Century in Washington. Ships are fitted with ballast tanks to make themselves more stable (safer) by weighing themselves down and creating a lower center of gravity.  Traditionally, this is done by filling the tanks with water…

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Waste

Waste | A Defense Lawyer’s Viewpoint | The Criminal and Administrative Problems in Washington Criminal Waste Charges A criminal charge that is often paired with unlawful hunting of big game, unlawful hunting of wild animals or a civil seizure action is waste. A common fact pattern is an individual shoots an animal originally thought to be legal…

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Commercial Licenses for Fish & Shellfish

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Commercial Licenses: A Criminal Defense and Administrative Law Lawyer’s Prospective. WSDFW Commercial Licenses: Criminal and Administrative Problems. Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife issue commercial licenses ranging from the harvesting of fish and shellfish to game farm licenses and taxidermist licenses.  When going into a fish and…

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Mineral Prospecting and Placer Mining

Mineral Prospecting and Placer Mining | A Defense Lawyer’s Viewpoint | The Criminal and Administrative Problems in Washington Criminal Charges relating to Mineral Prospecting and Placer Mining MINERAL PROSPECTING & PLACER MINING – Also known as Panning for Gold! Prospecting and placer mining is an enjoyable, possibly lucrative, and well established past time in the…

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Permits for Projects on the Water

Hydraulic Project Approval | HPA: A Lawyer’s Opinion on Administrative and Defense Issue. Whenever an individual plans construction or activities in or near Washington state water, an environmental permit is required, which is also known as a hydraulic project approval (HPA.)  Common projects requiring a HPA in both fresh and salt water include building bulkheads,…

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Law Enforcement on the Water

Marine Regulations in Washington: Marine Law Enforcement of Lakes, Rivers, Oceans and other Bodies of Water: A Defense Lawyer’s Prospective. Being contacted, arrested or ticketed by law enforcement is a scary experience, especially if you are caught off guard because you did not know you were doing anything wrong or you and a family were…

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