As well as environmental criminal offences of StGB (§§ 324 et seq. StGB), environmental criminal law includes numerous criminal and administrative offences of related laws. Environmental criminal law is characterized above all by its administrative accessoriness; this means the matter of culpability depends, among other things, on whether certain administrative obligations were breached.
Particular difficulties could arise from the fact that the administrative catalogue of obligations regulates at various levels up to the EU regulations, and this is difficult for non-legal specialists to understand. Preventative advice is also becoming particularly significant in this field. The aim of such advice is to always identify risks under criminal law and to avert such damages.