§ 925. Jurisdiction and penalties
Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 34 Pa.C.S.A. GameEffective: December 24, 2012
Effective: December 24, 2012
34 Pa.C.S.A. § 925
§ 925. Jurisdiction and penalties
(a) Jurisdiction.--Notwithstanding the provisions of Title 42 (relating to judiciary and judicial procedure), all magisterial district judges shall have jurisdiction for all violations of this title which are classified as summary offenses and may accept guilty pleas and impose sentences for violations of this title classified as ungraded misdemeanors.
(b.1) Costs of prosecution for violations.--In addition to the imposition of any fines and penalties, costs of prosecution shall be assessed pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 1725.1 (relating to costs), 3571 (relating to Commonwealth portion of fines, etc.) and section 1403 of the act of August 9, 1955 (P.L. 323, No. 130),1 known as The County Code, and as otherwise deemed appropriate by the court.
(1) An additional fine of one and one-half times the amount of the applicable fine may be imposed when the offense is a second or subsequent offense within a seven-year period or during the same criminal episode and no penalties for second or subsequent offenses are prescribed for the violation under this title.
(2) An additional fine of $500 may be imposed when the offense involves the unlawful taking of big game or threatened or endangered species and a witness report was instrumental in securing a successful conviction. Any additional fines imposed under this paragraph shall be directed to the commission to compensate any witness whose report directly results in a successful conviction. If applicable, each witness, up to a maximum of two, shall be compensated $250 for each additional $500 imposed.
(e) Installment payment of fines.--Upon a plea and proof that person is unable to pay any fine and costs imposed under this title, a court may, in accordance with 42 Pa.C.S. § 9758 (relating to fine), permit installment payments it considers appropriate to the circumstances of the person, in which case its order shall specify when each installment payment is due.
(f) Nonpayment of fines and costs.--Unless otherwise provided in this title, each person who fails to pay any fines and costs imposed may, after a hearing before a magisterial district judge, be imprisoned until the fines and costs are paid in full. The court may imprison the person for a number of days equal to one day for each $40 of the unpaid balance of the fines and costs not to exceed six months.
(i) Replacement costs.--In addition to the fines and costs imposed for violations pursuant to subsection (b), the costs incurred by the commission for the replacement of the species involved in the violation shall be assessed by the magisterial district judge in such amount as is fixed by regulation of the commission. Replacement costs shall only be assessed for violations relating to threatened or endangered species of North American game or wildlife and such other species of Pennsylvania game or wildlife as designated by the commission.
1986, July 8, P.L. 442, No. 93, § 1, effective July 1, 1987. Amended 1996, Dec. 19, P.L. 1442, No. 184, § 4, effective in 60 days; 1998, Dec. 21, P.L. 1274, No. 166, § 3, effective July 1, 1999; 2003, Dec. 30, P.L. 436, No. 63, § 1, effective March 1, 2004; 2004, Nov. 30, P.L. 1618, No. 207, § 10, effective Jan. 31, 2005; 2010, July 9, P.L. 387, No. 54, § 3, effective in 60 days [Sept. 7, 2010]; 2012, Oct. 24, P.L. 1205, No. 150, § 4, effective in 60 days [Dec. 24, 2012].
16 P.S. § 1403.
34 Pa.C.S.A. § 925, PA ST 34 Pa.C.S.A. § 925
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