Bulk Cash Smuggling
If you are facing Bulk Cash Smuggling charges, hiring a skilled and experienced defense attorney can be the difference between a favorable outcome and a devastating one. Josh Kolsrud can help you understand your charges, build a strong defense, negotiate with the prosecution, and protect your rights in court.
During Josh’s 14 years as a state, international, and federal prosecutor, he tried over 100 cases to verdict. As an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), Josh handled 3,528 cases, with the vast majority dealing with border crimes including Bulk Cash Smuggling. Josh and his team will work tirelessly to defend your rights and protect your interests throughout the legal process. We have a deep understanding of federal laws and can provide the expert guidance you need to build a strong defense and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
What is Bulk Cash Smuggling?
Bulk cash smuggling is a federal crime under 31 USC 5332. This statute criminalizes the transportation or attempted transportation of more than $10,000 in cash or monetary instruments into or out of the United States without filing a required report with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The law aims to prevent the use of unreported cash in criminal activities such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and terrorist financing.
IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO TRANSPORT BULK CASH TO MEXICO. The federal government can only seize the cash and charge a felony when the bulk cash smuggler fails to declare the cash. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, you may bring into or take out of the country, including by mail, as much money as you wish. However, if you are transporting more than $10,000, you will need to report it to CBP. Most of the bulk cash smuggling cases would never be charged if people would simply declare their cash. Failure to declare more than $10,000 to Customs and Border Protection is a violation of 31 U.S.C. § 5332, and carries a five-year maximum sentence, and forfeiture of the seized cash.
How does someone commit an illegal reentry offense?
8 USC 1326 - Illegal Entry makes it a crime for any person who has been deported or removed from the United States to subsequently enter or attempt to enter the country without proper authorization.
To be convicted under 8 USC 1326, the prosecution must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
The defendant was previously deported or removed from the United States. This means that the defendant must have been physically removed from the country by immigration officials following a formal removal or deportation proceeding. If the defendant left the United States voluntarily, he or she cannot be convicted under this statute.
The defendant subsequently entered or attempted to enter the United States without authorization. This can include entering the country illegally by crossing the border or attempting to enter the country by presenting false documents or making false statements to immigration officials.
The defendant knew or reasonably should have known that he or she was not authorized to enter or attempt to enter the United States.This means that the defendant must have had actual knowledge that he or she was not authorized to enter the country or that a reasonable person in the defendant's position would have known that he or she was not authorized to enter the country.
Penalties for Illegal Reentry, 8 USC 1326
If convicted of illegal reentry, a defendant can face significant penalties, including imprisonment, fines, and deportation. The length of imprisonment and amount of fines will depend on the specific circumstances of the case, such as whether the defendant has a prior criminal history or if they committed other crimes in addition to illegal reentry.
In addition to imprisonment, a defendant convicted of illegal reentry may also face significant fines. The amount of the fine will depend on the specific circumstances of the case, including the defendant's criminal history and the severity of the crime.
For example, a first-time offender may face a fine of up to $250,000, while a defendant with a prior criminal history may face a fine of up to $500,000.
A defendant convicted of illegal reentry will likely face deportation. This means that the defendant may be removed from the United States and barred from returning in the future.
It is important to note that deportation is a civil matter and is separate from the criminal penalties associated with illegal reentry.
Our criminal defense team has a deep understanding of Federal Illegal Reentry laws, as well as the strategies and tactics that are most effective in defending against these charges. If necessary, we will also fight for you in court, presenting a compelling and persuasive case to a judge or jury. Josh Kolsrud is a skilled trial lawyer who is not afraid to take on even the most challenging cases. We will aggressively advocate for your rights and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
We know that facing Illegal Reentry charges can be a stressful, overwhelming, and emotional experience. That's why we are committed to providing you with personalized attention, compassionate support, and honest, straightforward advice every step of the way. We will keep you informed about the progress of your case, answer your questions promptly and thoroughly, and ensure that you understand your rights and options at every stage of the legal process.
At the Kolsrud Law Offices, we believe that everyone is entitled to a fair and just legal defense. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of service and representation, and we will work tirelessly to defend your rights and protect your interests.
If you or someone you love is facing Illegal Reentry charges in Arizona, don't wait to seek legal help. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation and learn more about how we can assist you. We are here to help you navigate this challenging time and provide you with the expert guidance and support you need to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
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Why Choose Josh Kolsrud
With over 100 trials to his name, and years of experience as a state and federal prosecutor, Josh understands the law, the legal process, and your rights. Josh is also committed to representing every client with utmost integrity and dedication
Josh has prosecuted major crimes on the state and federal level, led a successful anti-human sex trafficking operation that saved lives, and argued before countless juries and justices for his clients
Josh is an expert in both Arizona and federal criminal law, and is ready to put that expertise to work for you.
As a prosecutor, Josh saw far too many defendants lose their livelihood due to poor representation. Josh will always give every client his complete attention and effort