Illegal Alien Smuggling Statute of Limitations

What is the Federal Statute of Limitations for Illegal Alien Smuggling?

The federal statute of limitations for alien smuggling, also known as human smuggling, is generally five years from the date of the commission of the crime. This means that the government has five years from the date of the crime to bring criminal charges against an individual for alien smuggling. However, this time frame can be extended in certain circumstances.

For example, if the government can prove that the defendant concealed or disguised the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the property that is the subject of the alien smuggling, the statute of limitations may be tolled (or extended) until the discovery of the offense.

Additionally, there is no statute of limitations for certain alien smuggling offenses involving death or serious bodily injury, or if the defendant has fled the jurisdiction.

It's important to note that these are general rules and that some other specific circumstances may affect the statute of limitations for alien smuggling. Also, if the alien smuggling is 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.