We specialise in challenging hunting offence cases. When it comes to hunting offences, problems often arise from the fact that neither prosecutors nor the judges making the decisions have practical experience on hunting. This is often also true of the lawyer. If you are suspected of a hunting offence, you are entitled to claim and use legal help as soon as you have been questioned by the police for the first time. It is always advisable to exercise this right. A conviction of a hunting offence involves not only the sentence itself and a hunting ban, but also administrative penalties, which means that the police may terminate the right of the convicted person to be in possession of hunting weapons. A suspicion, or a conviction of a hunting offence, is risky business for a hunter.
In 2011, the regulations governing hunting offences were complemented with provisions on aggravated hunting crimes.
The primary purpose of such provisions was to prevent organised poaching, but in cases concerning large carnivores, the police often records the case as an aggravated hunting crime, allowing the use of extensive coercive measures. This alone is enough for the police to cancel by a temporary order the permission of the hunter to be in possession of hunting weapons. In addition, the interpretation of some of the provisions of the Hunting Act has proved to be problematic in court. This applies particularly to determining whether an aggravated hunting crime, an ordinary hunting crime or a hunting offence has been committed.
In court cases concerning hunting offences, it is important that the lawyer is able to explain to the court – by resorting to expert witnesses, if necessary – the practical matters of hunting and the behaviour of hunted animals.