Many states have passed laws that make it a crime to unlawfully dump waste or garbage in certain areas. The purpose of these laws is to keep a state clean. Unlawful dumping is generally defined as disposing of waste material on any road, private property without consent, or public property not designated for dumping. Waste material can include any of the following:

  • Garbage
  • Litter
  • Industrial chemicals

What Punishment Can a Person Face for Unlawful Dumping?

Each states has different punishments for unlawful dumping. The seriousness and degree of the offenses tend to take into consideration a number of factors, as well as the type of waste being dumped.  Generally, the more a person dumps, the more offenses a person can be found guilty of, and the more hazardous the waste is, the greater the punishment. Criminal punishment for unlawful dumping can include:

  • Mandatory fines, ranging from $250 to $10,000
  • Loss of driver’s license for some period of time
  • Community service, ranging from no less than 12 hours
  • Probation

Do I Need an Attorney If I Am Charged with Unlawful Dumping?

If you have been charged with unlawful dumping, it is recommended that you contact a criminal defense attorney because you may be at risk for civil liability or even greater criminal liability. Only an attorney can explain the issues and help to decrease any punishment you may face.