Alien smuggling or transporting illegal aliens is a crime under section 274(a)(1)(a) of the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act. The penalty is imprisonment for up to ten years, a fine, or both. The punishment depends on whether the accused had a pecuniary motive in being involved in alien smuggling.

Alien smuggling includes transporting individuals across the border via points other than official ports of entry, harboring an illegal alien, crossing the border illegally, and assisting a foreigner get into the U.S illegally. Under 8 U.S. Code § 1324, even offering encouragement to an alien to enter the U.S illegally is an offense.

If you’re facing charges of abetting illegal immigration, then you need the services of a skilled and experienced lawyer who can identify flaws in the prosecution’s case and help you get either an outright dismissal or a reduction in charges.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. understand how immigration laws in the U.S are applied. We know the value of affirmative defense. Membership of non-profit religious organizations and ignorance of the law regarding the alleged offense are two examples of this type of defense. The onus for proving intent is on the prosecution, and a skilled defense may be able to show that this is not the case. Given that your options for defense depend a lot on the immigrant status and past record of the humans being trafficked, you need a lawyer who knows how these factors will affect your case.

Since each crime associated with alien smuggling is considered an individual felony, a lawyer who is aware of such nuances can be the difference between jail and freedom. Often, innocent individuals and corporations get enmeshed in human trafficking cases because of the zealousness with which law agencies approach such cases. Our lawyers can prepare a strong defense for you and try for the best possible outcome.

Alex R. Hernandez Jr. Trial Lawyers Principal Office

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