Miami Immigration Offenses Attorney
Alien smuggling and human trafficking offenses are among the crimes taken most seriously by the state and Federal governments. While the crimes are separate in nature and in possible penalties, they both can have an enormous impact on anyone unfortunate enough to be accused of them.
- Alien smuggling is covered by Title 8, Sec. 1324, of the United States Criminal Code. It prohibits anyone from bringing a known alien into the United States without going through a designated port of entry or other authorized location. It also prohibits anyone from harboring, moving or transporting within the United States an alien who is known to be in the country illegally, or from encouraging or assisting an alien to enter or remain here illegally. (It does not matter whether the alien has previously been authorized to legally enter or live in the United States.)
- Human trafficking is covered by Title 18, Secs. 1589, 1590, and 1591 of the Code. These statutes define and prohibit the use of forced labor, and also outlaw the recruiting, harboring, transporting, or obtaining of individuals for forced labor or for commercial sexual purposes (particularly involving children).
While certain Florida state statutes (Secs. 787.06 and 787.07) also address alien smuggling and human trafficking crimes, these prosecutions are more frequently handled in the Federal court system, either because of the U.S. government’s exclusive role in enforcing its immigration laws, or because the acts involved may cross state lines (e.g., violations by migrant farm labor contractors). In any event, these accusations carry major penalties upon conviction—up to life in prison, in fact, if death or serious bodily harm results from a violation.
Reentry of removed aliens is covered by Title 8, Sec. 1326 of the United States Criminal Code. Reentry after deportation from the United States by a removed alien is a crime. If you have been previously convicted of a crime or accused of committing a crime you are subject to up to 2 years in prison if you reenter the United States without a felony conviction, up to 10 years in prison if you have any prior felonies (or three or more misdemeanors) and up to 20 years in prison if you have been convicted of an aggravated felony.
To effectively answer such serious charges, an experienced trial attorney is critical. No one should take on the Federal or state government alone. To contact our office, call us at 877-547-9407, or email us at Tony@TonyMossLaw.com.