Many hunters across the country decide to hunt deer in order to feed their families. Their decision also has the possibility of helping keep the deer population from becoming unmanageable. Unfortunately, a man’s alleged decision to shoot a deer in California has likely left the man considering his criminal defense.

The incident that led to the man’s arrest happened in mid-September. According to reports, the man filed a report with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife days after the incident happened — a report that officials now claim contained false information. The man told a news station that he shot the deer with a bow and arrow in a forest. However, he states that the deer did not die but instead wandered into a residential area where he says he took measures to end the animal’s suffering.

However, a man who lives in the California neighborhood disputes these claims. He argues that surveillance footage shows the man shooting the deer with an arrow in front of his house. The hunter now faces several charges, including filing false information — a felony — and discharge of a deadly weapon within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling.

If convicted, he could spend over three years in jail. Because of the seriousness of the accusations and the potential consequences of a conviction, the decisions he makes now could have a major impact on the rest of his life. Fortunately, an experienced criminal defense attorney can ensure that the California man is fully informed about his options and the potential consequences of each.

Source: Monrovia, CA Patch, “Monrovia Neighborhood Deer Slayer Faces Charges“, Emily Holland, Nov. 30, 2017