Don’t Go Into the Field Without Us!
If you have been accused of violating state or federal wildlife laws, you need to secure strong legal representation to protect your rights. Mr. Welsh thoroughly understands Colorado’s complex wildlife laws and can fight for your freedom inside and outside a courtroom. Welsh Law, LLC, has represented numerous clients in the area of general wildlife law, both on the state and federal level, and specializes in defending clients against civil and criminal accusations. Call Welsh Law, LLC, at (720) 836-1777 today to discuss your case with an experienced Colorado wildlife law attorney.
Common Wildlife Offenses
Colorado loosely defines an “outfitter” as a person soliciting to provide or providing, for compensation, outfitting services for the purpose of hunting or fishing on land that the person does not own, and every outfitter in the state must be registered.
When out exploring the natural landscapes of Colorado, hunters, fishermen, guides, and tourists are all subject to certain wildlife laws. Violating one of them does not stop at a slap on the wrist: the authorities will want to prosecute you to the further extent of the law. If you broke a state or federal wildlife law, you will face hefty fines, jail time, the loss of your hunting, outfitting, or fishing license, and further penalties. However, you should not give up hope. At Welsh Law, LLC, we have helped individuals with the following and more:
- Permitting and licensing issues
- License violations
- Illegal hunting
- Samson Law violations
- Wildlife suspension hearings and appeals
- Interstate compact issues – (a suspension in Colorado could result in suspensions in the 48 Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact states, with only Massachusetts and Hawaii not included)
- Federal Lacey Act violations
- Unlawful taking of animals
- Rehabbing – (only those with wildlife rehabilitation licenses may possess sick, injured, or orphaned native wildlife)
- Firearms offenses/violations
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – compliance, registrations, licensures, permitting, protests and appeals
- Department of Regulatory Agencies, Colorado (DORA) – compliance, licensures, permitting, and appeals
Attorney Patrick Welsh focuses his practice on the complex area of wildlife law and wildlife criminal defense. He regularly defends clients who have been accused of violating state and/or federal wildlife laws and is prepared to assist you by handling your wildlife criminal case and/or wildlife suspension hearing or appeal in front of the proper governmental authority. Additionally, he’s worked firsthand with numerous outfitters on handling compliance issues and preparing the proper legal documentation for their businesses.
Standing Up for Colorado Outfitters and Landowners
Colorado outfitters and landowners are held to higher standards. In Colorado, outfitters are responsible for selling approved equipment and clothing for hunters and fishermen, employing and supervising unlicensed guides, maintaining their licenses when on other people’s land, and obeying other laws while providing services to hunters and fisherman, according to Colorado Code of Regulations 733-1 and Colorado Revised Statutes 12-55.5-102. Failing to abide by both state and federal laws can lead to fines, license suspensions, and other penalties.
In addition, landowners hold a certain amount of liability when allowing someone to hunt or fish on their land. Owners of private land have some protections from standard outfitting laws and regulations, but that does not make them immune from accusations of criminal or civil violations, as well as violations of the Landowner Preference Program (LPP).
Our firm can provide the diligent representation you need as an outfitter or landowner in a criminal case, as well as guidance with general wildlife laws, such as permitting, guide agreements, land leases, registrations, licensures, and compliance matters.
Trust in Our Experience and Knowledge
Whether you are a hunter, outfitter, fishermen, or landowner, you have rights in Colorado that you should never forget. While some wildlife violations will result in minor citations, there are other collateral consequences you can face if you do not have a lawyer at your side.
If you have been charged with hunting without a license, illegal taking, Samson violations, improper permitting, or any other wildlife crime, reach out to Welsh Law, LLC. As an avid hunter, Patrick F. Welsh can explain the full ramifications of a conviction, your rights under the law, and how our firm can fight for your freedom. Mr. Welsh has represented numerous clients in the area of general wildlife law and also specializes in representing clients against accusations of wildlife crimes, both on the state and federal level. Our firm will provide you with the best possible resources, guidance, and representation. We are prepared to stand beside you throughout the process, handling every aspect of your case from preparation to hearing to appeal.
When you reach out to Welsh Law, LLC we provide you with personalized, one-on-one attention and honest legal counsel backed by more than 10 years of experience. Call Welsh Law, LLC, today at (720) 836-1777 for a free, no-obligation, case evaluation.
Wildlife Law Case Results
- Client charged with Trespass While Hunting. At a jury trial, Mr. Welsh successfully argued on behalf of the client, resulting in an acquittal of all charges, with the jury deliberating for only 25 minutes.
- Client charged with multiple wildlife violations. If he was convicted, it would have resulted in more than 60 points against his hunting privileges. Mr. Welsh successfully negotiated a plea where his client pled to one wildlife violation and a total of 15 wildlife points, which preserved the client’s hunting privileges.
- Outfitter client charged federally with multiple violations on federal lands, to include felony counts. After a thorough investigation and multiple discussions with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Welsh negotiated a plea to a federal petty offense, with a 3-year probation period.
View more case results here.
- What Is Samson’s Law?
- What Happens If You Violate a Colorado Wildlife Law?
- Department of Regulatory Agencies, Colorado (DORA)
- Lacey Act - APHIS