• Undersize Redfish and Sheepshead Fishing Violation Case Dismissed

Undersize Redfish and Sheepshead Fishing Violation Case Dismissed

By |2024-05-23T13:00:36-04:00May 23rd, 2024|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |

Mr. Jackson, who previously handled fish and wildlife violations as a prosecutor, recently handled a unique case involving a fishing violation. Here’s how it unfolded:

  1. The Situation:
    • Our client, whose primary language is Spanish, was fishing with a group of people. Someone in their group caught three undersize fish and put them in a bucket.
    • An FWC officer came by and did a random check, finding the bucket of undersize fish. The FWC officer only spoke English, and was unable to effectively communicate with our client or the other people in the group.
    • The FWC officer, through an online translator, threatened to cite everyone who was fishing if no one took responsibility for the fish. Our client, who does not speak English well, said he would take responsibility. As a result, unfortunately, he was charged with undersize sheepshead and redfish violations.
  2. Language Barrier:
    • Communicating effectively with our client was crucial, given the language difference.
    • Mr. Jackson, who speaks Spanish, recommended that he obtain a fishing license to demonstrate his commitment to following the rules.
  3. Mitigation Efforts:
    • Mr. Jackson assisted our client in drafting a letter to the prosecutor detailing what occurred and his efforts to learn the size and bag limits so that a violation like this would not occur in the future.
    • The letter explained that our client was aware of fishing regulations and had made efforts to comply.
  4. State Attorney’s Decision:
    • After reviewing our client’s case and considering the mitigation efforts, the state attorney agreed to enter a Nolle Prosequi.
    • The charges were dropped, allowing our client to avoid criminal penalties.
  5. Positive Outcome:
    • Our client was relieved and grateful for the resolution.
    • By bridging the language gap and advocating for him, we achieved a successful outcome.

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