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Have You Been Accused of Breaking National Park Laws in Tennessee?

 Posted on April 30,2019 in Criminal Defense

Knoxville federal criminal defense attorneyNational parks are meant for everyone to enjoy, and there are a number of rules and regulations in place to help ensure safety for visitors and wildlife alike. Although there are probably many laws that not everyone is familiar with, they are still regularly enforced. If you have been accused of a federal crime in one of the national parks in Tennessee, you will need a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through your rights and options for defense.

What Violations Can I Face in a National Park?

One of the biggest issues in national parks is the use of alcohol. Although alcoholic beverages are allowed in certain picnic areas, campgrounds, and shelters, open containers of alcohol are prohibited elsewhere throughout the parks. Lack of awareness and/or respect for this rule can result in criminal charges.

In addition, drunk driving is not acceptable, and it can be especially dangerous in national parks, since many of the parks’ roads are narrow and winding, and there are typically many other drivers on the road. There are quite a few alcohol-related deaths in the parks each year, and DUI is taken very seriously.

Visitors are not allowed to approach wildlife or feed them. It is also illegal to remove any plants or other objects from national parks. Only approved heat-treated firewood may be used. Pets and bicycles are prohibited on all but a few trails.

Graffiti or vandalism of any property within a national park can result in trespassing, tampering, or vandalism charges. Metal and mineral detectors are prohibited.  Those staying overnight or carrying firearms must hold the proper permits. Permits are needed for anyone to host special events or demonstrations, scatter human ashes, or take commercial photographs.

Obviously, some of these laws carry more weight than others, and violations can accordingly bring about fees, fines, and even arrests and criminal prosecution. It is important that you know your rights if you are accused of a federal crime within a national park, and you should secure legal representation when defending against these charges.

Contact an Experienced Knox County Federal Crime Attorney

While not all broken rules will result in federal charges in Tennessee’s national parks, some can come with serious legal ramifications. Jeffrey Coller is a knowledgeable Knoxville criminal defense lawyer who can help you determine your next move if you have been accused of a federal crime. Call 865-281-1000 to schedule your free consultation today.


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