Hinton & Bailey LLP
HOUSTON ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES LAWYERS
At Hinton & Bailey, our Texas environmental crime lawyers defend individuals and companies facing a grand jury investigation, criminal charges, administrative charges or civil actions because of violations of state and federal environmental laws.
Types Of Environmental Crime Charges
Hinton & Bailey has extensive experience in the area of environmental crimes and parallel civil cases involving violation of environmental laws. The Firm has represented individuals, mulit-national corporation and small businesses who have faced criminal (felony and misdemeanor) penalties for violations such as the following:
- Intentional dumping oil, gas and other prohibited material into sewers, waterways or on land that drains into public waters
- Illegal transport and storage of hazardous materials
- Accidental discharges which result in state or federal violations
- Release and discharge of toxins into the air and other air pollution issues
- Oil spills and other instances of ground pollution which migrate or have the potential to migrate into the public waterways
- Cases involving injury or death as a result of environmental law violations
Hinton Bailey lawyers have conducted internal investigations for large corporations. In many instances in federal cases, self-reporting of violations is recommended. On short notice our lawyers have flown off-shore to oil rigs to lead investigations and report the findings to the corporate officers and boards. We have boarded ocean going tanker ships to participate in the investigation of individual representation of crew members who are accused of wrongdoing. In such cases, the Firm's lawyers are as comfortable in the boardroom presenting their findings as they are in the lower decks of a ship where they investigate the facts.
Grand Jury Investigations
It's not uncommon in federal or state environmental cases for a "person of interest" to be subpoenaed to testify in a grand jury investigation. Our Firm has extensive experience advising people who have been called to testify before a grand jury, either because they are the target of an environmental criminal investigation or as a witness. The focus of the investigation may not always be apparent. Most people do not fully understand the circumstances and regardless of their role in the investigation it is wise to speak with a lawyer in advance of your appearance. Our lawyers will work to identify your status and advise on your best course of action.
Minimizing Potential Penalties Through Proactive Measures
If you own, manage or work for a business and you become aware of an environmental problem on your property or as a result of your product, you should not have to wait until criminal charges or civil consequences occur. Taking immediate action could mitigate any future criminal actions or civil damages which are brought against you. In either event, you are advised to consult with a lawyer who is experienced in the field. We work with client companies to develop action plans to remedy environmental deficiencies.
Facing Criminal Charges? Contact Our experienced Environmental Crime Lawyers.