Austin & San Antonio Immigration Criminal Defense Attorneys
Compassionate and Capable Legal Guidance
When an immigrant is charged with a state or federal crime, they could lose benefits or face removal if convicted. A U.S. citizen could also face serious penalties, including decades of incarceration, if they unlawfully facilitate illegal immigration or knowingly and illegally assist undocumented immigrants.
Our Austin & San Antonio immigration criminal defense lawyers have many years of experience and can provide you with the seasoned representation you need. We are extensively familiar with how immigration crimes are adjudicated and have handled nearly 2,000 federal cases. Whether you are a U.S. citizen fighting federal charges or an undocumented immigrant struggling to secure your future in the country, our team at Peek & Toland can help explore your legal options and mount a strong defense.
Types of Immigration Crimes We Handle
If you are an immigrant currently located in the United States, being charged withany type of crime should be cause for serious concern. If you are currently undocumented, you will likely be targeted for removal and be ruled inadmissible for future entry. If you currently have valid status, being convicted could result in you losing that status or prevent you from seeking future benefits.
The federal government also enforces some crimes that are specific to immigration. These laws apply to both noncitizens and U.S. citizens.
Our Austin & San Antonio immigration criminal defense attorneys can assist you with cases involving:
- Illegal Entry or Reentry. It is unlawful for someone to enter the United States without valid status. It is also illegal to reenter or attempt to reenter the country after you have been removed or denied admission.
- Falsification of Government Documents. Undocumented immigrants might be tempted to use forged government-issued identification to gain access to the country or other immigration benefits. Knowingly using any forged government document is a serious crime, and it is also unlawful for any U.S. citizen to create or distribute any falsified documents.
- Harboring an Undocumented Immigrant. Under federal law, U.S. citizens cannot deliberately facilitate illegal immigration. This means a citizen cannot transport or shelter someone they know or reasonably should know is an undocumented immigrant. Citizens also cannot encourage undocumented immigrants to illegally enter the country or help them unlawfully cross the border.
- Hiring or Recruitment of Undocumented Immigrants. U.S. businesses may not knowingly hire undocumented immigrants or attempt to recruit undocumented immigrants for open positions.
- Conspiracy. The federal government can charge someone with conspiracy if they believe the person has entered an agreement with one or more other parties to break an immigration law.
Detained at the Texas Border? We Can Help.
In theory, immigrants have the right to present themselves at a United States port of entry and seek asylum. In practice, many immigrants have not been able to exercise this right due to wildly fluctuating border policies and political machinations. Texas Gov. Abbott recently declared a “border crisis” and has ordered several state agencies to arrest undocumented immigrants attempting to cross the border for criminal trespassing and/or illegal entry. This approach has made it extremely difficult for immigrants to seek asylee or refugee status.
If you have been arrested at the border for criminal trespassing and were not given the opportunity to request asylum, we want to help. Our Austin & San Antonio immigration criminal defense lawyers will work to aggressively enforce your rights, and our team at Peek & Toland can assist with all of your immigration needs.