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Federal Environmental Crimes Attorneys in Miami

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For many years, we have represented persons charged with violations of federal law relating to environmental crimes. These crimes are taken very seriously by federal prosecutors in Washington, working out of the Department of Justice, and in local federal prosecutors’ offices located throughout the country. Often, the Environmental Protection Agency has investigated alleged violations prior to the matter being referred to federal prosecutors. The Department of Justice has special prosecutors working in an environmental crimes unit to handle most of these cases. These prosecutors have specialized training and expertise in prosecuting these matters.
There are many federal regulatory statutes involving water, air, and energy, violations of which may lead to federal prosecutions. Moreover, prosecutions for violations of environmental crimes are not limited to charges involving violations of government regulations. For example, giving false statements to a federal agent may be prosecuted along with the environmental crime. It is not at all uncommon to see conspiracy counts along with environmental crimes being charged, along with mail fraud and wire fraud. Contact our Miami federal environmental crimes attorneys for more information.

There are so many environmental regulations and crimes that it is impossible to cover them in this brief post on our federal website. However, a few examples will be helpful.

An act known as the Refuse Act prohibits improper discharge into navigable or tributary waters in the United States. There are criminal penalties for a conviction. It is very easy for criminal charges to be “stacked.” In other words, each violation or each illegal dumping or discharge can result in separate charges.

The government’s goal is to prevent pollution of our waterways. There are prosecutions under the Clean Water Act and for harming endangered species of plants and animals. It is not uncommon for state agents or local police to work with federal authorities in order to bring charges against an individual and/or companies.

Many of the so-called environmental crimes are what are known as “strict liability crimes.” In other words, doing the illegal act is sufficient for conviction, regardless of the intent of the actor.

Of course, there are solid defenses which, depending on the facts and circumstances in an individual case, may qualify and lead to the complete exoneration of the person under suspicion. A good and experienced federal criminal defense lawyer, knowledgeable in defending people charged with these types of crimes – if retained early enough – may well be able to convince the federal prosecutors not to bring charges against his or her client. The earlier you retain a competent and experienced criminal defense lawyer in Miami, the better your chances are to avoid being charged. Also, even if you are charged, having the right lawyer can make all of the difference in the outcome of your case. Our Miami environmental crimes attorneys can help.

Contact our experienced Miami federal environmental crimes attorneys today at (305) 670-9919 for a free consultation.

Environmental Crimes Defense

At Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., we are skilled environmental attorneys representing Florida individuals and businesses facing investigations and criminal charges involving possible HAZMAT violations.

The overlapping state and federal laws and regulations governing the handling, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) are often ambiguous and confusing to business owners, leaving them vulnerable to accusations of committing environmental crimes. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

The Miami environmental crimes attorneys of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. have developed over four decades of practical criminal defense representation. Our lawyers understand the interplay between state and federal regulatory authorities.

We are intimately familiar with the following:

  • Illegal Dumping
  • Illegal Storage of Hazardous Materials
  • Illegal Use of Pesticide and Herbicide and Insecticide
  • Illegal Disposal of Toxic Waste and Medical Products
  • Illegal Shipping, Labeling, or Transportation of Hazardous Products by Rail, Air, Ground

Consultation with Regard to HAZMAT Guidelines

With respect to HAZMAT violations, we believe that each case must be viewed in the context of being a criminal case. Many cases begin as civil or administrative matters and turn into criminal cases, usually in the federal system. Too many Florida corporations and business executives rely solely on corporate counsel for advice on HAZMAT issues. While these attorneys may well be fine business counsel, they will not necessarily appreciate the criminal implications of these types of cases. They often give advice resulting in clients incriminating themselves and criminal charges being filed.

At Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., our Miami HAZMAT attorneys work closely with business owners, corporate officers, and corporate attorneys to carefully review procedures to ensure that they are in full compliance with regulatory requirements. An assessment by our attorneys can identify and correct potential violations before they result in costly and distracting litigation.

Wise corporate officers and civil attorneys often consult with our law firm before or after they are subpoenaed and before they talk with law enforcement agents.

Contact our Miami environmental crimes and HAZMAT attorneys for a free consultation at (305) 670-9919.

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