The #1 advantage of hiring a specialized Florida Fish and Wildlife Attorney:
As a former Special Prosecutor for Florida Fish and Wildlife violations, Attorney Sando possesses a unique and specialized skill set to defend and analyze Fish and Wildlife cases.
While any attorney can legally represent you, hiring Attorney Sando offers specialized knowledge developed from his time spent as a former prosecutor handling Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”) violations. Attorney Sando was named as FWC’s Prosecutor Of The Year after demonstrating a unique and in-depth understanding of handling FWC cases. He was separately named Prosecutor of the Year by the North Palm Coastal Conservation Association. As a two-time award recipient and now on the defense side, that type of recognition and experience can mean the difference in a client’s future.
As your lawyer, Attorney Sando is extremely familiar with FWC rules, regulations, and procedures. He will uniquely protect your rights and is capable of handling any fish and wildlife case to meet the needs of his clients.
5 considerations when facing an FWC violation:
- Most people, and even other attorneys, do not understand that the enforcement of FWC’s rules, regulations, or state laws can be very different from prosecuting or defending other common criminal actions. Although they share many of the same punishments such as fines, probation, or even jail time, penalties specific to FWC violations have unique penalty enhancements and can include suspension or revocation of fishing or hunting privileges, licenses, and even the forfeiture of guns, rods, gear, etc.
- FWC violations can “stack” meaning depending on the amount of time between a current and prior offense, enhanced penalties may apply.
- A Notice to Appear, ticket or arrest can be made prematurely, unfairly, or even wrongfully based on language or text of an FWC rule, the measures taken to determine compliance, the training of the officer, and many other factors.
- The mere nature of the alleged offense and the jurisdiction can both heavily impact the treatment and outcome of potential punishments.
- “Convictions” for stackable purposes do not necessarily mean you were found “guilty.” A prior conviction can include any judicial disposition other than acquittal or dismissal.
At Sando Law, P.A., the legal knowledge, experience, and foresight are unique and specific to FWC’s rules and this area of criminal defense. This equates to stronger and more knowledgeable representation which may impact the outcome of a fish and wildlife case.