The Lacey Act is one of the oldest and most comprehensive federal wildlife conservation laws on the books. This law generally prohibits the transportation or sale of any wildlife or plants that are deemed to be illegally taken.
The act provides for a wide variety of penalties for violations, including prison time, substantial fines and forfeiture of property. Federal cases involving the Lacey Act are very serious, which is why it is important to contact a defense attorney if you are questioned by a Wildlife Resources officer or other official.
The wildlife crime defense attorneys at Greg Smith and Associates represent those who have been accused of Lacey Act violations in all Utah parks and forests, including Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Weber County North Fork Park and Ashley National Forest.
Many individuals who violate federal wildlife laws do so unintentionally and make the mistake of attempting to explain their actions to wildlife officials. Speak to us before speaking to investigators so you can avoid compromising your case.
Contact us online or call our office at 801-651-1512 to set up a free consultation.
Injurious Animals Under the Lacey Act
The Lacey Act regulates all activity that can be considered harmful to the health of humans, wildlife or the environment. The act specifically bans the importation and transportation of animals that are considered “injurious.”
An injurious animal is defined by the Lacey Act as any animal that can be harmful to the health and welfare of humans, the environment or other animals. A wide variety of animals are considered injurious under the law, including European rabbits and hares, multimammate mice, java sparrows, and bighead carp.
Utah residents can violate the Lacey Act in many ways. The most common violations involve individuals who have exotic pets and boaters who are accused of spreading mollusks, plants and other invasive species by not cleaning their boats properly.
Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Specializing in Lacey Act Violations
Violating the Lacey Act means that federal authorities may attempt to seize your property and slam you with hefty fines. Preserve your rights by speaking with our criminal defense attorneys.
The wildlife crime defense lawyers at Greg Smith and Associates handle all types of federal cases, including those involving wildlife crimes around the Great Salt Lake, Rockport Lake, East Canyon Reservoir and Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
To set up a free consultation, call us at 801-651-1512 or contact us online.