Years ago on a fishing trip just off the coast, the boat captain turned to his crew and said, “we violated all sorts of federal environmental laws riding since we left the dock.” That may be an exaggeration made in jest. But facing an investigation by the state or federal government into an alleged violation of an environmental law or regulation is a dangerous prospect.
It’s scary. Especially for a businessman or professional invested in a professional, civic, and natural community. We understand that fear and are here to help.
Environmental laws and regulations include criminal provisions that prohibit knowing and negligent violations statutes and regulations. These violations include everything from intentionally dumping medical waste into a river or stream to leaving a small vessel unattended in navigable waters. Yes, a person may be cited even if the vessel is damaged or has run a ground.
No one should face an investigation for an environmental crime without consulting with a white collar criminal defense attorney who has experience defending environmental crimes.
We understand the turmoil, fear, and odds you face when accused of an environmental crime. Not to mention the extraordinary stigma attached to anyone labeled a polluter in the age of global warming.
We provide the balance you need to blunt that stigma. We have the experience, resources, and passion to stand with you in the face of allegations of violations of environmental crimes.
State and federal governments put in place statutes that include criminal penalties with the goal of protecting human health and the environment. Both the Attorney General of North Carolina and the Department of Justice prosecute violations. Sometimes these violations are handled as civil matters. Other times, people and corporations are accused of environmental crimes.
Cases are prosecuted under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Additionally, federal laws regulate endangered species, hunting, and toxic pollutants.
We have advised many people during these investigations, represented people in grand jury proceedings, and helped clients prepare for imminent charges. We understand the exposure you face and can help you navigate the difficult process of defending against an allegation of an environmental crime.