Immigration & Passport Fraud
Defending You Against Charges of Immigration and Passport Fraud in Florida
Before 9/11, a foreign national accused of falsifying a passport or visa to get into the United States was usually put on a plane and sent back to their country of origin. Today, he or she will likely be charged with a crime and spend the next six months in federal custody waiting for their case to be resolved.
At do Campo & Thornton in Miami, we are experienced in defending people charged with immigration and passport fraud. Most of our clients are simply trying to reunite with their families or make a better life for themselves. We have extensive experience in resolving immigration matters quickly and effectively.
A Minor Offense With Major Consequences
Most immigration charges carry relatively minor jail sentences or fines as long as the person charged does not have a criminal record. However, even if you have never been in legal trouble before, persons charged with immigration offenses often are denied bond. This means that you will have to stay in criminal detention until your case is resolved. In South Florida, that can mean a six-month-plus stay in federal custody.
Since most immigration fraud offenses involve technical violations of immigration laws that are not disputed, we can work to resolve the charges quickly so you can return to your home country and your family as soon as possible. In these types of cases, we can often cut your stay in the detention center considerably.
If you do have a criminal record, or you are charged with using another’s identity in connection with another offense, you may face more serious charges such as aggravated identity theft or illegal reentry. If you face these serious criminal charges, we will defend you as aggressively as possible to minimize the potential penalties you face.