On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
From misdemeanors to felonies, a criminal conviction carries potentially stiff penalties with across-the-board consequences. For that reason, when a person has been accused of committing a crime, it is crucial that one understands his or her legal rights. This is something that one man here in Florida will want to keep in mind as he decides how to move forward with his criminal case involving an alleged misdemeanor offense.
A 28-year-old man is currently facing federal charges for allegedly capturing and transporting a great horned owl, which is a protected species. It is believed that the owl was injured. Reportedly, some of the incident was caught on video camera.
Apparently, a passenger in the vehicle with the suspect posted a video on Facebook of an apparent joy ride with the owl. Nevertheless, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is not pursuing charges against either man. This was after the men informed officials that they came across the injured owl and took it to a place where it would be safe.
However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided to file a misdemeanor charge against the man, which could result in a fine of $15,000 and a jail sentence of six months. At this time, federal officials have indicated that jail time is not being pursued. Specifically, a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been alleged.
Regardless of the criminal accusation and charges that a person is facing, a misdemeanor or felony conviction can have significantly adverse consequences on a person’s life. When facing criminal charges of any degree, the facts of the case need to be considered carefully and strategically. In many cases, with the help of a vigorous defense, a dismissal of the charges or a lesser penalty can be achieved.
sun-sentinel.com, “Man who had wounded owl in Facebook video faces federal charges“, Kate Jacobson, April 1, 2015