Conservation charges don't just deal with poaching. They involve several different types of charges that include almost everything related to hunting, fishing, boating, recreational vehicles, any offense in a Missouri or Illinois state park and even commercialization of livestock and wildlife. Many of these charges carry with them low fines and a minimal amount of jail time. However, the Conservation Department can move to seize any property involved in the alleged offense. This includes not just a plastic Zebco fishing pole and camo hat, but boats, vehicles, very expensive firearms, bows and fishing equipment. Additionally, a simple charge can jeopardize your hunting, fishing and trapping license prohibiting you from pursuing your passion or hobby for a year or more.
These suspensions are not just for the state in which you receive them. These suspensions are subject to a reciprocity pact between over half the states in the United States, including most states in the Midwest and even Canada. For this reason, you need an experienced attorney to defend your rights when facing a conservation based offense. Further, these types of offenses commonly carry with them extended statute of limitations to charge a person with an alleged offense.
Travis Strobach is an ex-prosecutor at the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office in Springfield, Illinois. Working in the State Capital, he was the lead prosecutor for the County and one of the top prosecutors in the State working on conservation cases. He has prosecuted over half a dozen professional hunters, several of which you probably have heard of. He received a special commendation from the Illinois Conservation Department for his legal services. The reason Travis involved himself in this type of law is that he has a deeply rooted passion for hunting and fishing himself. He helped co-found the Saluki Bassers in Carbondale, Illinois. He has fished countless tournaments in the past several years. Additionally, he is an avid hunter, especially with his Hoyt Trykon bow.
If you are charged with a conservation based offense, talk to an attorney who has significant knowledge and experience in conservation law and shares your same passion for the outdoors. Call Attorney Travis Strobach today for your free consultation (314) 651-9360