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Pollution Crimes

Oregon’s Water Pollution Crimes

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Pollution Crimes | 0 comments

The state of Oregon has strict rules regarding how potentially hazardous chemicals and waste may allowably be disposed of in regards to local waterways. If someone is suspected to be dumping these chemicals into the waters, they may be prosecuted on the grounds of Oregon’s water pollution laws. If convicted, these defendants could face very serious penalties that could considerably disrupt their personal and professional future.

Nevertheless, criminal defendants have the right to powerfully argue their side of a case and fight fairly against the accusations they face.

Water Pollution Allegations

Water pollution crimes are treated as serious allegations by prosecutors, and those arrested for these crimes may face thousands of dollars in fines and significant time in jail. These crimes include the following illegal acts:

  • A defendant knowingly places or discharges pollutants into state waters
  • A defendant knowingly places or discharges pollutants into waters that carry into the state of Oregon
  • A defendant will face felony-grade penalties if this pollution cases harm to human health or the environment
  • A defendant will face felony-grade penalties if this crime was committed as a knowing violation of the standing pollution laws

In most cases, a person may face Class A misdemeanor charges under unlawful water pollution in the second degree. However, in more severe instances, this crime may be upgraded to unlawful water pollution in the first degree, which is a Class B felony.

In many cases it’s not an individual person facing these kinds of charges, but rather a business or corporation. Accusations of harming the environment can have a drastic effect on a company’s bottom line. Pollution charges should be defended against aggressively, and having a business lawyer can make a substantial difference in the way a company emerges from the accusations against it.

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