As concerns over national security have increased in the past decade, immigration and visa rules have become even more restrictive and the federal government is far less forgiving of immigration law violations. If you or a loved one has been accused of an immigration law violation, a skilled defense attorney can explain your options and assist you in the legal process.
Immigration law applies not only to undocumented aliens who enter the country illegally but also to U.S. citizens who facilitate or assist in the entry of an illegal alien.
U.S. citizens who are found guilty of immigration law violations may be subject to hefty fines and/or imprisonment, depending on the crime. Undocumented aliens who are found guilty of immigration crimes may face deportation and be prevented from re-entering the country for a period of five years or ten years, depending on the circumstances. An experienced immigration lawyer from the Michael P. Schmiege can explain the different penalties for immigration law violations in great detail.
A separate class of immigration violations applies to employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. Under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, employers are required to verify the identity and work authorization of anyone they hire by completing an I-9 form. Employers are prohibited from hiring any illegal alien who is not authorized to work in the U.S. Employer violations of immigration law are punishable by fines, unless it’s determined that there is a prior history or pattern of knowingly employing undocumented workers. Criminal immigration law violations are punishable by a fine and a prison term, depending on the total number of acts. It is important to contact a seasoned immigration lawyer today if you are facing immigration law violations.
When facing prosecution for an immigration law violation, it’s critical that you have a dedicated and experienced legal advocate on your side. The U.S. legal system can be confusing, particularly for individuals who may be unfamiliar with how the judicial process works or for whom cultural and language differences may present an obstacle. If you’re a loved one has been charged with violating immigration law, you need to contact a skilled immigration lawyer you can trust to aggressively defend your rights.
Michael P. Schmiege specializes in representing individuals in DuPage County who have been charged with immigration law and criminal violations. Our DuPage law firm has successfully worked on behalf of both citizens and non-citizens to protect their legal rights and avoid the potentially devastating consequences that can result from a criminal conviction.
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