Defense Attorney for Harboring Illegal Immigrants Charges in New York & Albany
Many a New Yorker has been caught unaware in situations leading to charges of harboring illegal aliens. It’s not at all uncommon for innocent people to unknowingly commit this crime. A friend asks a favor . . . “Can my friend sleep on your couch for awhile?” Or an Internet lover doesn’t realize her or his live-in love interest is actually an undocumented alien. Other instances are with full knowledge, as in the case of sweatshop owners who pay landlords to house unauthorized workers staffing their manufacturing operations.
Knowingly or Unknowingly Harboring Illegal Aliens
In either case — knowing or unknowing — an investigation or an arrest is a signal that you need knowledgeable legal representation as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with a New York criminal defense attorney with experience handling charges of harboring illegal aliens, contact the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco. The most important piece of legal advice you can receive when facing charges of harboring illegal aliens is don’t talk to law enforcement officers on your own. You need a lawyer to analyze the facts and implement an intelligent defense strategy based on your individual circumstances. Trying to explain your way out of trouble is almost guaranteed to bring about more trouble.
Relevant Federal Statutes:
Harboring: Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) states that it is an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law — conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.
Encouraging/Inducing: Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.
Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting: Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.
Contact the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco
An immigration conviction may change the entire course of your life for the worse, and a seasoned lawyer’s smart advocacy can make a difference in the outcome. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at our Albany, New York law office, call today or contact us online.
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