Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

December 13, 2012

If you violate a Texas game law, you may

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:08 am

Criminal Penalties and Civil Restitution

Penalties

If you violate fish and wildlife laws, you may:

  • be fined (Class C – $25-$500; Class B – $200-$2,000; Class A – $500-$4,000; State Jail Felony, $1,500-$10,000);
  • be jailed (Class B and higher offenses);
  • face automatic suspension or revocation of licenses for up to five years;
  • forfeit hunting gear, including firearms, used to commit a violation.

Civil Restitution

In addition to the criminal penalty for hunting and fishing violations, the department will seek the civil recovery value for the loss or damage to wildlife resources. The civil restitution cost is payable to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is in addition to the fine assessed by the court. Failure to pay the civil recovery value will result in the department’s refusal to issue a license, tag, or permit. An individual who hunts or fishes after the refusal commits a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine not less than $500 or more than $4,000; punishment in jail not to exceed one year; or both fine and confinement.

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