One of the most common federal crimes is illegally reentry into the United States after deportation. Coming back into the U.S. after having been deported, without first obtaining permission from USCIS or the attorney general, is a violation of Title 8 U.S.C. 1326.
This is a very serious charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. To fight these charges, get an attorney on your side who has a strong criminal defense record and a deep understanding of complex federal immigration law. Attorney Leif Kleven in San Diego can provide that high-quality representation that you need.
Fighting an illegal re-entry charge is not the same as most other criminal charges. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer who understands both criminal and immigration law. Call 619-796-3680.
We Know to Successfully Fight for Your Rights in Illegal Reentry Cases
Successfully challenging the validity of your previous deportation order provides a valid defense against a charge of illegal reentry.
- Proving that the government did not follow proper procedures or any flaw in your original removal proceedings puts us in a position to negotiate with the prosecutor. Pleading guilty to a lesser charge could, in some cases, mean two or three years in jail instead of 10 or 20.
- In many cases, we can argue that the prior deportation order is invalid if you had some legal options to remain in the U.S. The immigration judge must tell you if you are eligible to apply for any of these options. If he or she did not tell you and deported you anyway, it is likely that your previous deportation is invalid.
We will start by ordering a copy of your immigration file, which may include transcripts of court proceedings. A review of your file will quickly indicate whether the government followed the law and respected your rights. Also, we will review your criminal history and determine your immigration status. Those facts can also affect the remedies and defenses available to you.
Legal Counsel to Defend You Against Illegal Reentry Charges
From our offices in San Diego and Chula Vista, we can defend you against illegal re-entry charges in San Diego and El Centro with efficiency and aggressiveness. Our telephone line is staffed 24 hours. We will respond to urgent calls at any time of the day or evening. For a FREE CONSULTATION, call the Law Office of Leif Kleven at 619-796-3680 or send an email.
Do not trust your defense on illegal reentry charges to an attorney that does not understand the complexities of immigration law and the intersection with criminal laws. There are ways to defeat an illegal reentry charge in U.S. District Court.