Are you an avid hunter? Or, are you a “prepper” who wants to learn how to “live off the land?” Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or new to the game, if you got a DUI, you’re probably wondering if a person can hunt while on DUI probation. A very good question indeed!
If you were arrested for DUI in Orange County and are planning on hunting locally, that means you’re probably going to be hunting in the South Coast Region, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
As you probably know, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) has many hunting regulations. From requiring nonlead ammo, to changing the junior hunting license age to 18 years, to reporting requirements for a hunter’s harvest, to receiving hunter education – the rules can get a little overwhelming.
So, what about DUIs, can they preclude you from hunting with a firearm? Is there a regulation against that too?
No Restriction for Misdemeanor DUIs
Essentially, there is no restriction on hunting for a normal DUI offense, specifically misdemeanor DUIs. But, keep in mind that if you have any sort of a hunting license violation, then that could come back to haunt you as a violation of the “obey all law” clause in your DUI probation.
On the other hand, if you are convicted of a FELONY DUI, then the answer is no, you cannot hunt, nor can you have any guns in your possession.
Note to new hunters: Even if it was a misdemeanor DUI, it can get tricky. If you are convicted of DUI and the DMV suspends your driver’s license, it may block you from obtaining firearms since the state of California requires a valid ID when people purchase or receive firearms.
Contact an Orange County DUI Attorney
The best thing for you to do is contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to discuss the specifics of your case. If you have been arrested for misdemeanor or felony DUI, you want to do everything possible to fight your charges!
Give us a call today to see what our Board Certified DUI defense specialist can do for you!