Environmental Criminal Defense Lawyer
Environmental laws can be very complex. Well known companies as well as high-profile individuals are often charged with crimes related to how they handle hazardous substances. These cases are generally based on allegations about the accused’s improper maintenance of records. If you are rich and famous, and you feel you will be charged with an environmental crime or perhaps a corporation or individual has already taken legal action against you, it’s time you seek aggressive legal representation from an environmental crime defense attorney.
At Okabe & Haushalter, our attorneys can thoroughly investigate and document your case and provide aggressive representation that won’t interfere with your business or personal affairs. Our firm has represented high-profile clients nationwide and internationally with their environmental crime cases. When going against the government in these complex situations you need someone qualified to protect your interests.
We fight for you
In order to get convicted, the criminal prosecution has to first prove prove you are negligent of willfully violating environmental laws. If you made a mistake or it was simply an accident you are not a criminal and should not be convicted as such. Sometimes environmental charges are linked to other crime charges such as money laundering, fallacious statements, and mail or wire fraud.
Our firm can cover issues related to your state and federal criminal charges:
- Misusing pesticides
- Disposal of toxic waste
- Illegal refuse deposit or discharge
- Removal and disposal of asbestos and other toxic materials
- Misusing pesticides
- Hazardous materials spills
- Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act violations
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act violations
- Improper storage and transportation of hazardous waste without legal permission
International environmental law
Environmental law enforcement agencies deal with international cases related to the environment. These laws are there to make sure that foreign government as well as global industries comply with responsibilities stated in foreign treaties. Environmental issues can be linked to violations of international environmental laws. The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), also known as ICPO, investigates and prosecutes these types of crimes. There are also other organizations such as the UN Interregional Crimes and Justice Research Institute, the UN Environmental Programme, EU, and G8 which also work on the investigation of crimes including smuggling of ozone depleting substances, illegal fishing, illegal wildlife trade, and illegal dumping of hazardous waste. A well-versed attorney from a criminal defense law firm understands international laws and can negotiate on your behalf.