A. Unless a warning notice is given to an alleged violator, at the time the alleged violator is charged with a penalty assessment misdemeanor, the conservation officer shall offer the alleged violator the option of accepting a penalty assessment. The signature of the alleged violator on the penalty assessment notice constitutes an acknowledgment of guilt of the offense stated in the notice. The acknowledgment shall be included in accrual of points toward revocation of licenses as provided for in Section 17-3-34 NMSA 1978 or in regulations adopted to implement that section.
B. Payment of any penalty assessment, including cost of the appropriate license, shall be mailed to the state game commission within thirty days from the date of charge. Payment of penalty assessments are timely if postmarked within thirty days from the date of the charge. The commission may issue a receipt when a penalty assessment is paid by currency, but checks tendered by the violator upon which payment is received are sufficient receipt.
C. No record of any penalty assessment payment is admissible as evidence in court in any civil action.
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