What You Should Know Before Paying a FWC Ticket

On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Criminal Law on Friday, July 07, 2023.

You Need to Consult with US Before Paying Your FWC Citation 

Receiving a citation from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) can be a distressing experience. These citations typically arise from allegations of violating state wildlife conservation laws, such as unlicensed fishing or hunting, boating law violations, or meddling with protected species or habitats. The immediate reaction of many recipients is to pay the ticket outright to get the matter off their plate. However, doing so can have long-term consequences that may not be immediately apparent. 

FWC’s rules and regulations are substantial and very confusing.  Before you pay that FWC citation, it is imperative to consult with our knowledgeable legal team. Here’s why. 

Protect Your Legal Record

Paying the FWC ticket outright is generally seen as an admission of guilt. Consequently, this becomes part of your legal record, potentially impacting your reputation and bringing unforeseen complications if you receive future citations. As your attorney, we at Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters can help you understand the implications of the citation and explore alternatives that could potentially protect your record. 

Navigate Potential Insurance Hikes

Violations related to boating regulations can lead to increased insurance premiums. This is particularly true if the violation involves an accident or personal injury. Our team can provide advice and represent your interests to mitigate the impact of these circumstances on your insurance rates. 

Avoid License Suspension

Depending on the severity of the violation, paying the ticket may result in a suspension or permanent revocation of your hunting or fishing licenses. We can work with you to challenge the citation or negotiate for lesser penalties, aiming to preserve your license and your enjoyment of Florida’s natural resources. 

Understand the Implications of Refusals

Florida’s laws are stringent on refusing breath and urine tests when operating a vessel or vehicle under the influence. These refusals can lead to penalties, fines, and even imprisonment. It’s important to fully understand these consequences before making any decisions related to your citation, and we are here to guide you through these complexities. 

Address Criminal Charges

Some wildlife violations can lead to criminal charges. By paying the fine, you may unknowingly admit guilt to a criminal offense, which could have serious long-term consequences. Our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the criminal justice system, advocate for your rights, and work toward the most favorable outcome. 

Once Paid, It is Incontestable

If you believe there was an error in the citation or you were wrongly accused, paying the ticket may prevent you from having the opportunity to contest the charge. Our team can review the details of the incident and work tirelessly to resolve any discrepancies, fighting for justice on your behalf. 

At Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, we understand the stress and uncertainty that comes with an FWC citation. We are dedicated to providing expert advice and vigorous representation for our clients. If you’ve received an FWC citation, don’t rush to pay it—reach out to us first, and let’s explore your options together. Your future may depend on it.