Federal Environmental Crimes Carry Stiff Penalties
As a concerned and honorable businessperson, you no doubt want to preserve the Earth’s natural resources as much as possible while conducting your business affairs. With environmental legislation constantly changing, it is almost impossible keep up with the regulations affecting your business — and many violations of such regulations carry heavy fines and other civil liabilities. If you have been charged with a federal environmental crime, a qualified attorney can guide you through the complex process and steer your case toward the most favorable outcome possible.
The prosecution of environmental crimes is complicated. Special Agents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division, Special Agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service, state and local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices investigate environmental crimes. Many non-profit organizations benefit from their tax-free statuses to raise donations for investigations. A prosecutor from the Environmental Crimes Section leads the prosecution. A Grand Jury is convened. From 1997 through 2010, the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice concluded criminal cases against more than 900 individuals and 350 corporate defendants, leading to 500 years of incarceration and $785 million in criminal fines and restitution.
Federal and state governments are cracking down on perceived violations of environmental statutes. An environmental charge — or even an environmental investigation — can halt the flow of your business. New Jersey federal criminal defense lawyers protect the rights of individuals and corporations against specious lawsuits.
Federal environmental crime lawsuits are extremely technical and involve specialized scientific knowledge. The qualified and experienced criminal law attorneys at Arseneault, Whipple, Fassett & Azzarello, LLP work aggressively to fight the charges against you.