Federal immigration offenses refer to criminal violations of federal immigration laws. These offenses can include:
Illegal Entry: This includes crossing the border into the United States without proper documentation or authorization.
Illegal Re-entry: This includes returning to the United States after being previously deported.
Harboring Illegal Aliens: This includes providing housing or other assistance to individuals who are in the country illegally.
Immigration Document Fraud: This includes using or possessing false immigration documents or making false statements on immigration forms.
Illegal Alien Smuggling: This includes helping individuals enter the country illegally or facilitating their transportation within the country.
Overstaying a Visa: This includes remaining in the country beyond the period of time allowed on a valid visa.
Penalties for federal immigration offenses can vary depending on the specific offense, the offender's criminal history and the specific circumstances of the case. Penalties can range from fines and probation to imprisonment and deportation.
The statute of limitations for federal immigration offenses can vary depending on the specific crime and the specific circumstances of the case.
Specific circumstances may affect the statute of limitations for immigration offenses. For example, if the defendant has fled the jurisdiction, the statute of limitations may be tolled (or extended) until the defendant's return. Additionally, if the immigration offenses are part of a larger criminal scheme such as human trafficking, the statute of limitations may be longer.
It's always best to consult with an attorney to determine the specific statute of limitations for a particular case.