Plantation Immigration Crimes Attorney
Broward County Immigration Crimes Attorney
According to statistics reported by the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC), the number of people convicted of immigration crimes has sharply increased in the last decade. Authorities have been more actively pursuing those suspected of a number of criminal immigration offenses, and the penalties of a conviction may be harsh and may even result in a federal prison sentence. Additionally, many immigrants may not understand how the justice system works in the United States or may not even understand the language. For these reasons, you should always have a qualified criminal defense attorney representing you in court in order to ensure that all of your rights are fully protected. If you have been accused of any type of immigration crime, your first step should be to contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale immigration defense attorney for assistance with your case.
One of the most common criminal immigration offenses prosecuted under federal law is unlawful reentry of removed aliens into the United States. Deportation can cause an individual to be separated from their family, and many people attempt to return to the U.S. to reconnect with loved ones. However, getting arrested and charged with unlawful reentry can mean serious consequences.
Under 8 U.S. Code § 1326, a conviction for unlawful reentry can mean extensive fines and up to 10 years in federal prison. If the prior deportation was due to the commission of an aggravated felony, the prison sentence may be up to 20 years. Because of these severe penalties, every person charged with unlawful reentry should be represented by an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Increase in Immigration Charges
Prior to 2005, many immigrants discovered trying to unlawfully cross the border were allowed to voluntarily return to Mexico or their home country without facing criminal charges. However, a federal initiative called “Operation Streamline” required that all undocumented aliens attempting to enter the U.S. be prosecuted. Operation Streamline has resulted in fast-tracked prosecution of approximately 70 people per day in federal court. Defendants face group hearings, with very little opportunity to stand up for their rights or even understand what is happening. Often, they are sentenced to jail time within one day of their arrest.
In such situations, a criminal defense attorney can be invaluable. An attorney who understands immigration laws and your rights in criminal court can make sure that you receive a fair hearing and will work to limit or eliminate the consequences you face. A defense lawyer can walk you through every step of the criminal justice process, advise you of your best options, and will ensure that you understand everything that is happening.
Contact an Experienced Plantation Immigration Crimes Attorney
Getting arrested and charged can be a frightening experience, especially if you are unfamiliar with the U.S. justice system. If you have been arrested for or charged with any type of immigration-related offense, defense attorney Carl H. Lida can help you. Mr. Lida provides the highest quality of representation for anyone charged with immigration crimes, so please do not hesitate to contact our office today at 954-472-5001 to discuss your case.