Florida Environmental Crimes Lawyer

State and federal courts hold the responsibility of prosecuting violators of environmental crimes. Florida, in particular, is home to the “Litter Law.” This law penalizes the illegal dumping of solid waste in any amount on any road, public highway, alley, or street. The legislation also extends to dumping in bodies of water including rivers, freshwater lakes, canals, and any others. The solid waste referred to as “litter” in the statute includes but is not limited to:

  • Motor vehicle parts
  • Food waste
  • Construction materials
  • Animal waste
  • Vehicles
  • Plastics

Companies large and small are often the most susceptible to committing environmental crimes as industries like food service, vehicle repair, and many others require waste management services which can be costly. Unaware of the environmental statutes in place, companies often find themselves facing massive lawsuits after local, state or federal officials detect their illegal waste management tactics.

No matter your intentions, it is essential that you acquire an attorney who can implement their legal knowledge to your benefit. The Florida environmental crime lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can provide strong legal representation for all presented charges.

Types of Environmental Crimes

Although illegal solid waste dumping is a serious offense, it is only one facet of environmental crimes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also prohibits this mishandling of hazardous materials and items (HAZMAT). HAZMAT are chemicals and substances classified as especially harmful to humans as well as the environment, and therefore require special precautionary measures in the handling and disposing of such materials.

The types of environmental crimes individuals and companies often face charges for include:

  • Illegal storage of hazardous materials
  • Burning garbage
  • Illegal dumping of waste materials
  • Improperly removing or disposing of asbestos
  • Illegal shipping, labeling, or transportation of hazardous products
  • Oil spills
  • Illegal disposal of toxic materials and medical products
  • Falsifying lab data relating to environmental regulations
  • Unlawful use of herbicide, pesticide, and insecticide

Recent Case Result

Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

The Umansky Law Firm represented a client in Osceola County accused of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. The minimum mandatory sentence for this alleged offense is 20 years in prison. The allegation was that our client shot a firearm towards the alleged victim – therefore Florida’s “10/20/Life” sentencing provisions applied. We contacted the alleged victim, who stated she did not want to prosecute. We prepared an affidavit from the alleged victim to the prosecutor stating her desire to have the charges dropped. On the day of trial, we were successful in getting the charges dropped against our client after the prosecutor dismissed the charges!

Entities caught doing any of the previous actions may face repercussions at the local, state, and federal level. The Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act are a few federal regulations under the EPA that warrant a federal case if violated.

Environmental Crime Penalties

In response to the growing effects of pollution, the federal government added the Office of Criminal Enforcement in 1982 under the EPA. Their sole responsibility is to prosecute environmental crime offenders, and they have been able to continuously do so since their inception.

Due to the growing considerations for environmental safety, prosecutors aggressively approach these cases, oftentimes, with the intentions of presenting criminal charges. Environmental law violators may face the following:

  • Probation
  • Criminal fines
  • Jail time;
  • Or a combination of the three

Although jail time may the most daunting criminal penalty, it isn’t often the primary mean of punishment by prosecutors. Their intentions are often to place heavy fines on corporations and individuals to discourage them from committing the violation again. Federal, state, and local organizations often jointly enforce environmental laws, making it all the more vital for you to have a knowledgeable attorney representing you.

Aggressive Florida Environmental Crimes Lawyers

The Florida environmental crime lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can make you aware of the potential penalties in your case specifically and present the most appropriate defenses. Environmental agencies won’t hesitate to accuse you of state or federal violations. Be sure to waste little time in acquiring an equally aggressive attorney. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

CT-Driving Under the Influence Car (M1)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

Refuse To Submit To DUI Test (M1)

Case Dropped

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (F3); Disorderly Conduct (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Battery

Charges Dropped

Scheme to Defraud(F3); Grand Theft(F3)

Motion to Terminate Probation Granted

Unlawful Speed

Dismissed

Failed to Yield at Intersection

Not Guilty

Leave Scene Of A Crash W/Property Damage (M2)

Case Dropped

Motion to Modify and Impose a Withhold of Adjudication

Granted

Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance

Charges dropped

Possession of Cannabis (less than 20 grams)

Charges dropped

VOP for DUI

Reduced to reckless driving

Possession of Alcohol Under the Age of 21

Charges dropped

Driving Under the Influence

Reduced to Reckless Driving

Violation of Probation

Case Dismissed

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Injury Settlements

$125,000

Scooter Accident

$275,000

Car Accident

$100,000

Car Accident

$300,000

Government Liability Case

$100,000

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