Have you ever sat down and read one of those “craziest laws” lists? You know, the kind that says it is against the law in Texas to sell your eyes, or that in Mobile, Alabama it is illegal to spit orange peels on the sidewalk. Many of these types of laws are outdated, and rarely enforced. But that does not keep these strange and bizarre laws off of the books. While these are extreme examples, and it is unlikely that anyone would ever receive a ticket for committing one of these acts, it illustrates the point that knowing the laws will help you to avoid a violation. This is especially true if the violation is a Marine Life Violation, many of which are misdemeanor crimes and enforced daily.
In Florida, there are miles upon miles of coastline and also inland areas that offer a wide variety of outdoor activities. Many of the activities include interacting with wildlife, so it is important to know what you are allowed to do, and what acts can get you in trouble. Here are some examples of common marine life violations, which could take place with some frequency in Key West:
● Having too many lobsters.
● Undersized grouper, which is a common violation for many recreational fishermen.
● Excessive watercraft speed within a designated fish management area.
Most marine life violations occur without any intent on the part of the offending party to commit a violation. This is, in large part, due to the lack of knowledge about what constitutes a violation. Many times an event is planned, and the participants’ only intent is to have fun with friends and family. However, that fun can quickly take a turn for the worse when wildlife or marine life enforcement officer hands over a ticket that now must be defended, or if you receive a Notice to Appear. If you have received a marine life violation citation, call our office for help.
If you have questions about marine life violations, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Key West. Call us today for help.