Environmental Crimes

The criminal defense attorneys at Odom & Davis have over 30 years of experience in representing corporations under EPA investigation


The United States Congress passes various laws that are aimed at protecting our environment.  These laws are aimed at protecting our nation’s water, air, and wildlife.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for investigating potential environmental crimes.  If the EPA finds a violation of the environmental laws, a person or corporation could be criminally prosecuted by the Department of Justice.  A successful prosecution can lead to prison time and/or hefty fines.

Common statutes for prosecution of environmental crimes include the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Clean Air Act.  These three statutes are the basis for the majority of environmental criminal indictments.  Violations under these statutes include cases involving oil spills, asbestos removal, failure to properly dispose of hazardous waste, discharging pollutants into water, and tampering with the drinking supply.

Environmental cases often involve defendant individuals as well as defendant corporations.  In this way, they are much like other white collar criminal cases from investigation through prosecution.  These prosecutions offer unique defenses that are not found in other areas of federal law.  A person or corporation accused of an environmental crime needs to hire a criminal defense lawyer that has experience in handling EPA investigators and dealing with the unique standards involved in environmental crimes.

Odom & Davis

The environmental crimes lawyers at Odom & Davis have over 35 years of experience in dealing with violations of the environmental laws that are passed by Congress.  Our criminal defense attorneys have represented both individuals and corporations that are facing federal criminal prosecution for environmental crimes, including British Petroleum in the 2005 refinery explosion in Texas City and Black Elk Energy following an explosion on their West Delta platform in 2012.  We understand how to handle these cases prior to indictment in order to give you the best chance of foregoing criminal charges.  However, if the government does file charges we are prepared to build an effective defense and take the facts to a jury.

The attorneys at Odom & Davis will work to ensure you are placed in the best position possible at the resolution of your case.

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