Many people enjoy hunting, but it is important to understand and obey local rules and regulations regarding the activity. Those who do not may find themselves facing criminal charges, which can lead to consequences including fines or jail time. Two Michigan men are currently facing felony charges following an alleged hunting incident in Warren.

A 19-year-old man and his 27-year-old half-brother were arraigned Dec. 27 on a felony charge of killing/torturing an animal. On Dec. 21, the pair allegedly shot and killed a 5-point buck with a bow and arrow in Warren near 14 Mile-Van Dyke. Warren police state that a tipster had notified them of two men spotted pulling a deer on a sled out of the woods before one man left in a U-Haul and the other drove off in a blue car.

Upon arriving at a U-Haul facility at 13 Mile and Ryan, undercover police reportedly spotted a blue vehicle matching the tipster's description that contained hunting equipment. Police obtained a warrant and confiscated the vehicle, then arrested the two men when they arrived to return their rental. Both men reportedly had blood on their hands, and a dead buck was later found in the 27-year-old man's Wayne County garage.

A Warren ordinance prohibits hunting, and classifies it as a misdemeanor offense. When Warren police contacted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about the alleged crime, however, an official suggested filing state felony charges against the two men. The felony charges carry steeper potential penalties, including jail time, expensive fines, and community service.

When someone runs afoul of the law, mounting a strong criminal defense is critical to mitigating the long-term consequences of arrest or conviction. Any individuals who find themselves facing criminal charges for any reason should familiarize themselves with their rights in court and under the law.

Source: Daily Tribune, "Felony charge for pair accused of killing deer," Norb Franz, Dec. 27, 2012