FWC Level Three Violations
Pursuant to Section 379.401(3), a person commits a Level Three violation if he or she violates any of the rules or orders of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission prohibiting:
- the sale of saltwater fish
- the illegal importation or possession of exotic marine plants or animals
- the importation of freshwater fish
- the illegal sale or possession of alligators
- the taking of game, freshwater fish, or saltwater fish while a required license is suspended or revoked
- the sale, transfer, or purchase of tarpon
- the illegal taking and possession of deer and wild turkey
- the possession and transportation of commercial quantities of freshwater game fish.
Other types of Level Three Violations can be found in Section 379.407(2) or involve Section 379.407(4), prohibiting the possession of certain finfish in excess of recreational daily bag limits.
Under Section 379.401(3)(b)1., a first Level Three violation is charged as a misdemeanor of the first degree.
A second or subsequent Level Three violation within 10 years of a prior qualifying conviction is charged as a misdemeanor of the first degree with a minimum mandatory fine of $750 and a suspension of any recreational license or permit issued under s. 379.354 for the remainder of the period for which the license or permit was issued up to 3 years.
A violation of Section 379.354(17) taking game, freshwater fish, saltwater fish, or fur-bearing animals in Florida with a suspended or revoked license, is charged as a first degree misdemeanor with a mandatory fine of $1,000 and any privileges under ss. 379.353 and 379.354 may not be acquired for a 5-year period following the date of the violation.
Attorney for FWC Violations in Tampa, FL
The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent clients charged with a Level Three FWC violation under Section 379.401(3)(a).
This article was last updated on Saturday, March 28, 2020.