Unlawful Taking of a Bird, Mammal, Fish, Reptile or Amphibian in Violation of Fish and Game Code section 2000! DEJ Granted and Dismissal Per Penal Code § 1385, In the Interests of Justice, if Successful!

Recently at the Torrance Courthouse in Los Angeles County I was able to negotiate a disposition to Deferred Entry of Judgement (“DEJ”) for our client’s Fish and Game Code section 2000 offense – unlawful taking of a bird, mammal, fish, reptile, or amphibian!

Our client was cited for violating Fish and Game Code section 2000 and Section 2002 for fishing in Redondo Beach for California Spiny Lobsters out of season and without a fishing license.

At the start of the case, we provided the prosecution with a mitigation package that detailed the fact that our client had no prior offenses, was not a United States citizen, had two children and worked hard as a metal recycler.

In our mitigation package we requested that the prosecution consider whether this case was appropriate for some form of diversion. The prosecution considered our mitigation package and initially lowered the fine and the term of probation they had originally offered.

We then submitted a subsequent mitigation package with more information detailing our client’s character and dedication to his family and employment for the prosecution’s consideration.

After strenuous negotiation, the prosecution offered our client deferred entry of judgment on the condition that our client pay fines, not fish in Redondo Beach, and successfully serve 12 months on summary probation.

At the conclusion of the 12 months, if our client successfully completes all of the requirements and picks up no new offenses, his charge will be dismissed pursuant to Penal Code section 1385 – in the interests of justice!

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