Dallas, TX asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law and Federal Crimes for Texas

Q: I recently was charged for human “smuggling” in Texas passing the checkpoint in Zavala County, Texas. Please help

I don’t consider this to be smuggling since I didn’t gain no money and I didn’t cross anyone over the border the illegal aliens were already in Texas I just had to pick them up. And now I got a charge for this and pending court date.

2 Lawyer Answers
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL

A: It is irrelevant whether you received any payment for your activities or whether the foreign nationals were in the United States: these are not the requisite elements of the current criminal charge you are facing, witch has a possibility of a prison sentence upon conviction.

You must immediately discuss your criminal case and it’s ramifications with an experienced licensed criminal case counsel of your choice.

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John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: Sorry to tell you that smuggling does not have to include traveling over a border. Simply kidnapping or transporting someone without their consent is a crime. The manner in which you handle the person you illegally transport, will determine how hard you will be punished.

I would need more information to properly advise you of the way I can help.

Let me know more details and I can help you and advise you.

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