Q: If you got arrested for alien smuggling, but served no jail time and haven't received a court date, is it a felony ?
The border patrol in Arizona mentioned there was a charge but no information has been received regarding court dates or anything. Is it a misdemeanor, felony or something worse ? No prison or jail time was served, but is it something that has to be scrubbed clean or otherwise ?
A: It is typically a federal charge and also a felony. Your record and various other factors can dramatically increase and decrease the seriousness. The fact that you are not currently in custody is good.
A: It sounds like there is only an arrest with no court action so far. It could stay that way, in which case you will only have an arrest on your record. Or it could proceed to charges at a later date, in which case you will be informed and given a court date. If the charge is at the federal level, it is almost always a felony.
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