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With its close proximity to the Mexican-American border, Houston sees quite a few arrests for alien smuggling. This illegal activity is a federal offense that is outlined in Title 8 of the U.S. Code.


Alien smuggling may consist of these actions:

  • Bringing in aliens at any place other than a port of entry
  • Transporting or moving aliens
  • Harboring, protecting or concealing aliens
  • Encouraging aliens to come to the United States

Alien Smuggling Penalties

The penalties related to alien smuggling may involve two to 20 years in prison. The exact duration of a sentence depends on the nature of the offense. According to the U.S. Code, these extenuating circumstances can cause an individual to receive a harsher sentence:

  • Smuggling or harboring an illegal alien for financial gain
  • Endangering another person’s life due to smuggling
  • Having previously been charged with alien smuggling

The penalties for alien smuggling are very harsh. An alien smuggling attorney can effectively help a defendant fight his charges and keep him from suffering any unnecessary consequences.

A Strong Defense That Works in Your Favor

Attorney James Alston has a clear advantage when it comes to defending clients against alien smuggling charges. He is a former assistant United States attorney and has prosecuted smuggling cases in the past. Mr. Alston is also a board-certified criminal lawyer and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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