Federal Immigration Crimes Defense
Stockton, California Attorney Allen Sawyer
Providing skilled federal criminal defense from offices in Stockton, Sacramento, and Northern California, The Law Offices of Allen Sawyer provide representation for individuals facing charges of immigration crimes as well as other federal and state offenses. Federal criminal defense attorney Allen Sawyer draws from years of experience and a wealth of legal knowledge to effectively defend criminal cases at both the state and federal levels in California.
Unwavering Immigration Crimes Defense in California
Immigration crimes currently comprise a substantial segment of federal criminal cases in America. Considering the intensity of the spotlight on immigration crimes, it is crucial to secure a federal criminal defense lawyer experienced in immigration crimes if you have been charged with federal immigration offenses or believe you might be. Federal criminal defense attorney Allen Sawyer possesses a solid understanding of immigration laws and is prepared to tackle the complexities of your case while ensuring your rights as an immigrant are protected. As a seasoned California criminal defense attorney, Allen Sawyer is furthermore prepared to defend immigrants who may face deportation if convicted of certain crimes in the state of California.
Types of Immigration Crimes and Their Penalties
Both U.S. citizens and non-citizens can be charged with immigration-related criminal offenses. While they can be complex and can result in a range of penalties, immigration crimes essentially fall into the categories outlined as follows:
- Improper Entry: According to 8 U.S.C. § 1325, it is a criminal offense for an alien to enter/attempt entry into the United States without authorization. Penalties for improper entry may include a fine and six-month imprisonment for a first offense and up to two years’ imprisonment for a repeat violation.
- Illegal Reentry: 8 U.S.C. § 1326 makes it a felony for any non-citizen who enters/attempts to enter/is found within the United States after having previously been precluded from entry or removed from the country, or who has left the country during the process of removal. Conviction typically carries the penalties of a fine and up to two years in prison, although further penalties may apply to repeat offenders or individuals who have committed crimes (8 U.S.C. § 1326(b)). In certain cases, up to 20 years in prison can result as a maximum penalty.
- The Smuggling, Transporting, and Harboring of Aliens: Principally defined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324, these immigration crimes involve bringing aliens into the country and assisting them to remain. These offenses generally constitute felonies. The penalties for these immigration crimes include extensive prison terms.
- Immigration-Related Fraud: These immigration crimes and their penalties include Visa Fraud and False Statements (18 U.S.C. §1546; a fine and between 10-25 years imprisonment), Marriage Fraud (8 U.S.C. § 1325(c); a fine and up to five years in prison), False Claim of U.S. Citizenship (18 U.S.C. § 911; a fine and imprisonment up to three years), and Passport Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1542; a fine and 10-25 years in prison).
Immigrants charged with certain serious crimes in California may face deportation if convicted. If you are a non-citizen charged with a state or federal crime, it is vital that you secure a California federal criminal defense lawyer without delay. Criminal defense attorney Allen Sawyer has extensive criminal defense experience in the state of California and can advise you of your rights and options.
Defending against Charges of Immigration Crimes
Charges of immigration crimes are serious and demand the attention of a skillful, conscientious federal criminal defense attorney. Allen Sawyer will come to your aid to help you understand the charges you face and will work diligently to either get the charges against you dropped or, if necessary, to provide aggressive criminal defense in court.
Contact an Attorney Now
If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, it is essential that you secure representation by a California criminal defense attorney who does not shy away from the challenges of criminal defense at a federal level. California federal defense attorney Allen Sawyer knows how tough federal prosecutors can be. Having spent a portion of his career as a prosecutor uniquely equips him to anticipate and defend against the most skilled of federal prosecutors. If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, time is of the essence. Don’t wait: Contact The Law Offices of Allen Sawyer today.