During the hunting seasons in the rural areas, there are a number of cases alleging criminal acts initiated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. As of July 1, 2014, many of those statutes will be amended by SEA 52. There are many other DNR-relate statutes that will be changing, but the ones that are commonly seen in court include:
IC 14-22-38-1 amends violations under IC 14-22-38 to be Class C infractions (rather than misdemeanors) unless a person knowingly or intentionally violated the law, in which case the person commits a Class C misdemeanor. This may allow more folks to be processed through the courts as infraction violations instead of crimes. A person may not be charged with both a Class C infraction and a Class C misdemeanor. The State has to “pick its poison.”
IC 14-22-38-4 amends the fine for illegal taking or processing of a deer or wild turkey to an optional (discretionary) fine of up to $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent violation, rather than a mandatory fine.