Hunting License Revocation and Game Code Violations in Pennsylvania
You could lose your hunting license maybe for a year, maybe five years or maybe even for life!
First, before pleading guilty to that game and Wildlife code violation you should consider ALL the potential consequences. The game and wildlife code has a number of criminal charges. These charges may come in the mail with a simple fine and cost to be paid. However, even if you pay the fines, there could be serious consequences for your hunting license.
Second, it’s important to remember that a game warden like other members of law enforcement could charge you with a crime. Most crimes associated with hunting are summary offenses (similar to a traffic ticket). Some offenses can be charged at higher-level grading. Some violations could result in the revocation or loss of your hunting license.
What if I am found Guilty of a Game Code violation?
After you plead guilty to a criminal offense under the Game and Wildlife Code the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) determines if you should lose your hunting license. First, they use a revocation gauge to review the type of offense. Then the PGC mails you a notice of your revocation. Each year hundreds of these revocations are sent to Pennsylvania hunters.
The vast majority of the charges that lead to a hunting license loss are based on a discretionary loss. That means the amount of time the license is lost for is not set specifically. Instead, the time can vary based on circumstances. The good news for hunters is, most of the time, if you receive such a revocation letter, you can appeal your hunting license revocation. The appeal process will cost you at least a fee. The appeal allows you to present reasons why you should not have your licenses revoked or to reduce the length of time of the revocation.
Addressing the charges
Finally, it is best to handle game commission charges as a complete strategy. From your receipt of the criminal charges through the hunting licenses revocation. Each decision you make after your contact with the game warden will determine your future ability to hunt in Pennsylvania. Types of charges that come with a hunting and furtaking licenses loss vary greatly; they could include alleged baiting, unlawful killing or taking of big game, unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife, unlawful taking and possession of protected birds, shooting on or across highways, and loaded firearms in vehicles.
Our attorneys know this area of the law, contact us for a free consultation, we can develop a plan together on how to protect your rights.