Schenectady OSHA Injury Attorney
Environmental Crimes From EPA/OSHA Violations
Changes made by the Department of Justice in 2005 allowed for environmental violations to become environmental crimes. Now, if Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations are related or have related criminal activity tied to them, corporations can be fined and individual employees can be criminally prosecuted.
If your company’s environmental and worker safety violation has led to you facing the possibility of large fines and jail time, talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with defending against EPA/OSHA criminal prosecutions.
Schenectady OSHA Injury Lawyers Defending Against Criminal Charges
At the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco, PLLC, our attorneys can help defend employees against a variety of criminal charges related to environmental and workplace violations. Our employee-clients often face charges of:
- Improper handling and storage of hazardous waste
- Making false statements to agency investigators
- Concealing material facts from the EPA
- Falsifying paperwork or making false log entries
- Contributing to pollution under the Clean Water Act or Clean Air Act
- Violating the Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act
- Violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
- Being involved in a conspiracy to violate environmental and worker safety law
In some situations where company employees were seriously injured or killed as a result of a workplace safety/OSHA violation, our clients may even be facing charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault or reckless endangerment.
Providing Workplace Compensation Defense for Corporate Officers, Managers and Employees
Under the EPA and OSHA prosecutions, individuals can be held criminally responsible for conduct that is not knowing or intentional. You may have had no idea that your company was polluting the environment, but now you are being held responsible as a corporate officer or manager for failing to adequately supervise employees handling pollutants.
As an employee facing criminal charges for actions by your company, you have the right to select a criminal defense attorney to represent you in court. Defending against environmental criminal charges can be expensive, but most corporations will indemnify you, as an employee, and pay your legal fees.
The government takes situations involving air and water pollution very seriously. If you are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for a criminal EPA/OSHA violation, contact an experienced New York EPA violations lawyer. Call 518-631-4046 for a free initial consultation.