Non-Hunting Crimes Lead to Hunting Suspension

In Colorado generally, hunting-related offenses earn the offender "points" on his license. Handed down in 5 point increments (each offense being worth a separate number of points depending on severity), when the total points accumulated in a 5 year period reaches 20, a hearing is conducted to determine the length (if any) of suspension of that individual’s hunting or fishing privileges.

However, any other crimes committed while in the act of hunting or fishing can lead to a hearing as well. Crimes such as littering, assault, animal cruelty, etc. can all lead to a suspension hearing by the Department of Wildlife. While these crimes do not have any point values associated with them, it is in the discretion of the State Hearing Examiner to look at the complete case file and determine if the crime should lead to a suspension of privileges.

As with any time you are accused of a crime, you should seek the advice of an attorney who knows and understands your situation and can help to preserve your rights and give you your voice in court. Speak with a Wildlife Lawyer at Welsh Law, LLC to find out how we can help you through the process.