By Julia M. Stancil, Esq.
In December of 2014, Wildlife Attorney Julia Stancil went before the Colorado
Wildlife Commission to petition for a reinstatement of her client's
rights to hunt and fish in Colorado and all other states within the Interstate
Wildlife Compact. Her client had received a decades-long suspension of
hunting and fishing privileges after accumulating a series of tickets
as a youth. The time-limit to appeal such a suspension is thirty (30)
days following an administrative decision, but unfortunately the client
had not retained legal counsel at the time and did not appeal. Without
the right to appeal the decision, Ms. Stancil filed a Petition for Declaratory
Order. This is essentially a petition for equitable relief that was based
upon an argument that the client should not have received such a lengthy
suspension based upon the statutes violated at the time. This unique argument
prevailed and Ms. Stancil's client immediately had their rights reinstated.
If you have been given a notice of a hearing by the Division of Wildlife,
experienced Wildlife Attorneys at Feldmann Nagel LLC. One of our attorneys can advise you, argue the case at the hearing level to attempt to prevent or
mitigate a suspension, and can also appeal a decision that is made by the hearings examiner.