Administrative Law, Criminal Law

Arkansas Game and Fish Violations: How will a violation affect my hunting rights? Can I go to jail for a violation? 

Arkansas Game and Fish Violations 

How will a Game and Fish violation affect my hunting rights, and can I go to jail for a violation? 

Game and Fish violations are grouped into five levels of violations. Each level carries different fine amounts and possibilities of county jail time. However, the most important part is the amount of points each violation carries with it. The points will directly affect your ability to legally hunt and fish in the state of Arkansas. Furthermore, the points are reciprocal in 46 other states, this means if you can not hunt due to points violations in Arkansas, you are also unable to buy a tag in another state and hunt.  

Class 1 Fine of $100 to $1,000 and a jail sentence of 0 to 30 days. 

  • Class 1 violations carry 6 points 

Class 2 Fine of $250 to $2,500 and a jail sentence of 0 to 60 days. 

  • Class 2 violations carry 12 points 

Class 3 Fine of $500 to $5,000 and a jail sentence of 0 to 90 days. 

  • Class 3 violations carry 18 points 

Class 4 Fine of $750 to $7,500 and a jail sentence of 0 to 180 days. 

  • Class 4 violations carry 30 points 

Class 5 Fine of $1,000 to $10,000 and a jail sentence of 0 to 1 year. 

  • Class 5 violations carry 99 points 

The court has the option to impose community service rather than giving you jail time for the offence. Having an attorney experienced in game and fish violations can greatly reduce the risk of jail time, community service hours and points on your license.  

How do the points impact my hunting and fishing rights? 

Points are looked at over a period of years. If you get 12 or more points in a three-year period, you are not eligible to participate in any game and fish permit hunts. If you get eighteen or more points in a five-year period, your hunting and fishing rights will be suspended by the AGFC. 

Points in 5 years Length of Suspension from hunting and fishing 

18-29 1 year  

30-362 years 

37-753 years 

76+5 years 

99 (this happens in class 5 offences)Lifetime Suspension 

How do convictions for AGFC violations differ from other criminal convictions? 

The main difference is how the AGFC defines a conviction.  In a normal criminal proceeding only a guilty or no contest is treated as an actual conviction, meaning you could enter an agreement where you initially pled guilty and in exchange for successfully completing a duration of probation, the court would dismiss your charges at the end of the probation. This is not the case with AGFC violations.  

The AGFC has the authority to define a conviction differently than a criminal court does. What this means is almost anything other than a not guilty or a pass to dismiss without a plea can be considered a conviction for purposes of assigning you points to your license.  

How can I reduce the points on my hunting and fishing license? 

It is extremely important that you hire an attorney that has the proper understanding and knowledge of the AGFC violation system so that your rights are adequately protected 

An experienced attorney can negotiate the points system and work to put you in the best position to help protect your hunting and fishing rights.  If you are facing a AGFC violation, please contact us for a free consultation so you can better understand how to protect your ability to hunt and fish.  

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