Criminal Enforcement Today

"In any criminal environmental prosecution the evidentiary standard to which the hazardous chemical, biological, or radiological evidence will be held will be that of “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Unfortunately for criminal enforcement authorities, the vast majority of criminal environmental evidence collection protocols used today have been designed to meet only a civil or regulatory standard.  While these evidence collection protocols may be acceptable within these venues, they may prove to be woefully inadequate in obtaining a criminal conviction within our adversarial-based criminal justice system. "

Steven C. Drielak