Fish and Wildlife Attorney in Pendleton, OR

Charged With a Crime Related to Hunting or Fishing? We can help.

Russell Law Group Fights For Your Rights.

We are Pendleton and Eastern Oregon’s trusted defense attorneys for cases involving hunting, fishing, and wildlife violations.

Enjoying the outdoors is a way of life here in Eastern Oregon. If you’ve been charged with a crime related to hunting or fishing violations, our fish and wildlife attorney can help.

Craig W. Russell is an experienced Pendleton fish and wildlife attorney. He has an extensive background in wildlife offense prosecution and defense. His primary focus is protecting your rights and getting you the best possible outcome in your case.

As a hunting and fishing crimes lawyer, Craig’s defense strategy begins by meeting you and learning the details of your case. Then he’ll:
  • ZInvestigate the charges you’re facing
  • ZChallenge procedural errors
  • ZChallenge the evidence against you
  • ZNegotiate an appropriate deal, if needed
  • ZFight for you in court
  • ZProtect your rights and seek the truth

Cases we accept include…

Trespassing while hunting or fishing

Hunting without a license

Fishing without a license

Hunting out of season

Fishing out of season

Hunting with decoys

Unlawful taking of wildlife

Failure to validate (tag)

Craig Russell of Russell Law group

Meet Craig W. Russell

Craig W. Russell is a former Umatilla County prosecuting attorney. Now he works solely as a criminal defense attorney in Pendleton, OR. He frequently represents clients who have been charged with crimes related to hunting and fishing violations.

He uses his experience on the other side of the courtroom to help his clients. Craig is a fish and wildlife attorney who knows how to fight and how to win. Few other attorneys in Eastern Oregon are as dedicated as he is to fighting for the rights of those charged with hunting and fishing crimes.

He is an avid outdoorsman himself who hunts, fishes, and truly understands both the laws and the sport, unlike many other local criminal lawyers.

Talk to Craig today. Get a fierce and focused advocate working on your side.

Why Russell Law Group?

We get results.

We are fierce and focused attorneys who care for clients and their rights. Your rights and future are our top priorities.

We seek the truth.

Unlike other fish and wildlife defense attorneys in Pendleton, we leave no stone unturned in our investigations.

We care about you.

Craig will answer any questions you have, explain his strategy, and make sure you’re confident about your defense.

5-Star Criminal Law & DUII Defense

“We would recommend Mr. Russell to anyone in need of his knowledge of law and defense representation. He is very confident and you get that feeling the first time you meet him which gives you this peace of mind knowing you made a great choice. Put your faith in him and his confidence.”

– C.M.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I lose my right to hunt and fish forever?

This is very dependent on your situation and the charges you are facing. If you are found guilty, your punishment may include fines, jail time, loss of hunting/fishing privileges, and loss of preference points for controlled hunts. In most cases, a first-time wildlife offense carries with it a 3-year hunting license suspension and can include forfeiture of accrued preference points.

What are the penalties for poaching in Oregon?

Penalties for poaching in Oregon can be severe, including fines totaling tens of thousands of dollars as well as other penalties including jail time, and more.

Will I get my gun back?

In most cases that end with a plea deal, your firearm(s) will not be returned to you. If your gun is taken as evidence of a crime, and you plead guilty to no contest to that crime, you will not likely get your gun back. However, there are some situations where a return of your firearm to you is appropriate or your firearm can be returned to a friend or family member. Only an experienced gun rights restoration attorney can explain your situation accurately.

Will a hunting or fishing violation show up on a background check?

A citation or arrest related to a hunting or fishing crime in Oregon may lead to a misdemeanor conviction that will show up on your record. Work with an experienced lawyer like Craig Russell to protect your future and avoid issues with pre-employment background checks.

Tell Us About Your Case

Need an experienced fish and wildlife attorney in Eastern Oregon to investigate, address, and fight the allegations against you? Get started today.

Get a fierce focused advocate on your side.


Contact Russell Law Group online or call (541) 777-8032


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228 S Main Street
Pendleton, Oregon

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Mon: 9:00 am – 04:30 pm
Tue: 9:00 am – 04:30 pm
Wed: 9:00 am – 04:30 pm
Thu: 9:00 am – 04:30 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

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