16 June 2012

• New Connecticut Law Increases Penalties for Poaching

By law, a person who enters or remains in any premises to hunt, trap, or fish, although the person knows he or she is not licensed or privileged to do so, is guilty of 3rd degree criminal trespass.

Connecticut Public Act 12-84, effective October first, increases the penalty for this offense, making it a Class B misdemeanor. Under prior law, it was a Class C misdemeanor.

Now: Class C misdemeanor: Up to three months in jail and $500

October 1: Class B misdemeanor: Up to six months and $1,000.

Source: Connecticut General Assembly

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