Attorney Drew Sando sat down recently with the Keys Weekly to talk fishing & marine violations and why they need to be taken seriously.

“I formerly worked as a special prosecutor assigned to prosecuting FWC cases and violations,” Drew said. “Some of the rules can be arbitrary and strange, and many people may not know how serious they can become. Actually one of my sources of referrals is from other attorneys, who recommend me as someone competent in these types of cases and in this type of law.”

Attorney Sando recently opened an office in Tavernier. He wants to be involved in the community, both on the ocean and land. As a fisherman and diver, he understands how important Florida Keys’ marine resources are and how delicate the environment is.

Drew offered four tips you should follow before heading onto the water.

DO: Be respectful and polite with FWC officers, even if you disagree with them. You’re being videotaped.

DON’T: Rely on ignorance as a defense.

DO: Download the fish app on the FWC website and look at the rules. Know where you’re fishing, what’s in season and how big certain species have to be.

DO: Know how to measure a fish properly, including a pinched tail for certain fish and proper lobster measuring devices, especially as mini season approaches.DO: Hire a defense attorney for these types of cases.

Read the full article on the Keys Weekly here.

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