One of the cornerstones of the American judicial system is that of receiving notice of things that have an impact on your life. This concept could be said to date back to the days of the Boston Tea Party, where the cry of the citizens was “no taxation without representation”. It is a simple fact that most people want to know how the law applies to them, and that ample notice of the rules we are all expected to live by is given. The theory is that unless you are made aware of what is expected of you, you cannot be expected to comply. This concept includes having a general understanding of what the laws are, and is different than being notified with events in your individual case. When thinking of your own case, of chief concern is the desire to be notified of important events, such as when and where you are required to appear in Court. It is imperative to have this information on hand, because the failure to appear in Court is a violation as well, and not showing up will only exacerbate your legal troubles.
With a wildlife violation, the notice given is one that requires the offender to appear as follows:
● At least one initial appearance in Court will be required.
● A notice to show up in court for a misdemeanor wildlife violation is common, and you should give the matter serious attention. While not an arrest, but rather a notice to appear in court, you should take special care to put the appearance requirement on your calendar and appear with competent counsel by your side.
If you do not appear when noticed to do so, you will have to defend the failure to appear, as well as the wildlife violation. This can put you in a precarious position, because you will enter the courtroom with one strike against you in the eyes of the judge. In many judges’ opinions, failing to appear in Court when directed to do so is disrespectful and frowned upon. We understand that receiving any type of ticket is scary, but things only get worse when ignored. This includes a ticket that requires payment of a fine (and the option to challenge the ticket in court), and a Notice to Appear for a misdemeanor violation. Rather than put yourself in the positon of having to defend yourself for multiple charges, call our office today for help. We will put you at ease by taking on your case with the confidence and know-how that is required to reach satisfactory results.
If you have questions about wildlife violations, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Key West.