Manufacturers, businesses and even real estate developers may find themselves the target of a criminal investigation if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determines certain regulations and laws were violated. Typically, criminal charges are brought if state or federal agents believe executives or managers intentionally sought to dispose of toxic materials in violation of EPA regulations or commit other environmental crimes through fraud, intimidation or illegal dumping.
In order to convict individuals of environmental crimes, prosecutors must prove specific acts on the part of specific employees or managers that violate federal laws. Having an experienced defense attorney to proactively uncover all favorable and mitigating facts can make a significant impact on the resolutions of the case.
If you or your company is currently under investigation by the U.S. EPA, or if you have been formally charged with an environmental law violation, contact environmental law attorney Dan C. Guthrie, Jr., today to schedule a consultation regarding your case.
Conspiracy Charges and Environmental Crimes Investigations
It’s not uncommon for prosecutors to level conspiracy charges in environmental law violations cases. Defendants facing environmental crime charges may obtain a reduced sentence in exchange for testimony against others. Sometimes, that testimony is not truthful but is given to try to save themselves from prison. As a result, innocent individuals or business professionals may face allegations that are false.
Criminal Violations of Environmental Regulations
The law office of Dan C. Guthrie, Jr., counsels and defends clients charged with or under investigation for criminal violations of environmental law, ranging from contamination of water allegations, to violations involving chemical spills or high radiation levels and also including:
- CERCLA violations
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) violations
- Violations of the Environmental Quality Improvement Act
- Violations of the Clean Water Act, including drinking water violations
- Violations of the Clean Air Act
- Illegal dumping of chemicals
- Covering up soil contamination with heavy metals
- Release of toxic substances into the air
- Destruction of wetlands
- Falsifying research data to comply with environmental regulations
- Bribery of governmental and agency officials
As your lawyer, Mr. Guthrie works with a team of former federal investigators who know how to collect evidence, work with forensic experts and documents, and check the work of federal agents. His office identifies conflicting testimony, pursues alternate leads the prosecution chooses to ignore and brings to light deals made by prosecution witnesses that call into question the credibility of their testimony.
Defending Clients Accused of Regulatory Violations in Dallas, Texas, and Nationwide