Bringing in and Harboring Certain Aliens, otherwise known as alien smuggling is a Federal crime that is being prosecuted more and more zealously by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, ICE has upped their prosecution of illegal aliens and those accused of helping them into and remain in the United States without the appropriate immigrations measures being taken. ICE takes a particular interest in this crime as often the conditions of the individual gaining entry to the United States are poor. Often the accommodations are terribly unsafe and it is not uncommon for women to pay their toll into the United States by working as prostitutes or performing unwilling sexual acts with those smuggling them in. Over the last 10-20 years the frequency of smuggling in illegal immigrants has increased as many have realized the illegitimate profit available by helping those desiring entry into our country. An allegation of the like is not a slap on the wrist crime to be taken lightly by one on the wrong end of the allegation. This is a crime that often results in a Federal prison sentence despite no other wrong doing occurring. The lawyers at The Mayberry Law Firm are familiar with immigrations related offenses and the defenses available to one accused of such a crime. If you’ve been charged or are being investigated for alien smuggling it is of utmost importance to contact a criminal attorney as soon as possible.WHAT IS ALIEN SMUGGLING?
This crime occurs when someone who knows another person is an illegal alien, brings to or tries to bring to the alien to the United States in a manner or in a place other than a designated port of entry, regardless of whether the alien has received prior permission to enter or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien;
A person who knows or recklessly disregards that an alien has entered, or remains in the United States illegally, transports, moves or tries to transport or move the illegal alien within the United States through transportation or otherwise in further violation of Federal law;
A person who knows or recklessly disregards than an alien has entered, or remains in the United States illegally, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, the illegal alien in any place, including a building or through transportation;
A person who encourages or induces an alien to come to, or live in the United States, knowing of or recklessly disregarding the fact that that illegal alien’s entry, or residence is or will be illegal.
Depending on the statutory subsection of which the individual is indicted under, that person could be facing a maximum of 5 years or 10 years per count.HOW CAN WE HELP?
Each lawyer at The Mayberry Law Firm is well versed in representing those charged with the Federal crime of alien smuggling. Our attorneys are aggressive and experienced in defending those charged with this crime and know the correct strategies to employ to ensure that you will get the best possible outcome for your case. If you’ve been charged with a Federal crime contact the Tampa criminal attorneys at The Mayberry Law Firm at 813-444-7435 for a free consultation.