Smuggling people across the U.S.-Mexico border is a serious federal crime. If you are convicted of human trafficking, you face a very real possibility of federal prison time. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you contact an attorney at Suzuki Law Offices if you have been charged with human trafficking, harboring illegal immigrants, alien smuggling, or another immigration crime. You will need a strong and effective defense effort.
Suzuki Law Offices aggressively defends people facing federal immigration charges. We understand U.S. immigration laws, the federal court system, and how to defend the rights and freedom of our clients.
Human Trafficking Laws
Human trafficking is defined as when an individual knowingly recruits, entices, or obtains another person by deception or force to perform forced labor, and knowingly benefits financially from the participation. The U.S. Code specifically prohibits human trafficking, which includes for the purposes of slavery, forced labor, sex trafficking, and involuntary servitude.
Penalties for Smuggling Aliens Across the Border
If you have been accused of smuggling illegal immigrants across the border, you will be prosecuted in federal court. Human trafficking charges carry stiff penalties, including lengthy prison terms and costly fines, so it is crucial that you discuss your case with a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at Suzuki Law Offices as soon as you have been arrested.
There are enhanced penalties based on certain circumstances, such as:
- The number of people who were brought into the U.S.
- The manner in which the people were brought into the U.S.
- Exposing illegal aliens to the threat of injury or death
- Whether the person being smuggled is a convicted felon
Generally, a federal conviction for alien smuggling will result in a 10-year prison sentence. However, your prison sentence could be multiplied by the number of illegal aliens you were accused of smuggling across the border. If you exposed others to the risk of serious bodily injury or death, the length of your prison sentence could also be increased to 20 years.
Related Offenses for Human Trafficking
In some cases, charges of human trafficking can also be accompanied by a host of other related offenses.
Associated criminal charges for human trafficking can include:
Considering the severity of the charges and penalties involved, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible for immediate representation.
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Richard Suzuki was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney's Office in Phoenix and Tucson, with experience in cases involving human trafficking and alien smuggling. Our firm will carefully analyze the factual and legal issues in your case. Defenses based on lack of probable cause for the people to stop you or other constitutional issues may provide the key to obtaining a positive outcome. Suzuki Law Offices will vigorously defend you at every stage of the process.
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