After a person who has entered without inspection (EWI) has been legally “removed” from the United States, federal criminal law makes it a felony for that person to reenter (or to be found in) the country without the approval of the government. Returning to the United States after being deported or removed is a violation of federal law. Alleged offenders could be sentenced to prison before being returned to their home countries, where they could face additional consequences.
If you have been arrested for illegal re-entry, call us immediately.
Possession of a Firearm
Possession of a firearm usually has a dramatic impact on a defendant’s case. During arraignment, defendants are advised of the basic nature of the charges and the general punishment range associated with the charge. However, a prosecutor can ask for a more severe punishment than normal because the defendant possessed a firearm. Every state has rules regarding when and how convicted felons can or cannot possess firearms. This is a separate charge called “felon in possession of a firearm,” and carries additional punishment.
Even when a defendant is not a convicted felon, the possession of a firearm can negatively affect one’s criminal history, range of punishment and parole eligibility. If you are arrested for possessing a firearm, call us immediately.
Charged with a federal crime?
Contact us for a free consultation.