In the state of Texas, the law is tough when it comes to crimes like smuggling of persons. Specifically, Texas Penal Code Ann. §20.06(f) heightens the severity of this crime if it’s committed under conditions where there’s a “substantial likelihood that a smuggled person would suffer serious bodily injury or death,” or if the person being smuggled is under 18 years old. But what does this all mean?
If you’re charged under this statute, it implies that you’ve allegedly been involved in smuggling operations multiple times or in a manner that increases the risk of severe harm or death to the person being smuggled. Unlike a one-time offense, this continuous offense paints you as part of an ongoing illegal activity. This means the law will come down hard, aiming to impose severe penalties for those found guilty.
The Penalties Are Steep
When we say the penalties for crimes related to continuous smuggling of persons under Texas Penal Code Ann. §20.06(f) are steep, we’re not exaggerating. In Texas, felony classifications start from third-degree and go up to capital felonies, which are the most severe. For this particular statute, depending on the specific circumstances and your prior criminal history, you could be charged with a felony ranging from first to third degree.
In a first-degree felony, you could be facing 5 to 99 years in prison and fines that could reach up to $10,000. On the other hand, a third-degree felony comes with a 2 to 10-year prison sentence and fines up to $10,000. These aren’t just numbers; they’re significant chunks of your life and future that could be at risk. And that’s not the end of it. A felony on your record can haunt you for the rest of your life. We’re talking about potential difficulties in getting a job, loss of voting rights, and even the basic ability to find housing could be compromised. You need to know that the implications go beyond the courtroom.
Building a Strong Defense in Texas
Being accused of such a crime is a life-changing event, but it’s crucial to remember: an accusation is not a conviction. In the American legal system, and certainly in Texas, you are innocent until proven guilty.
Here at Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., we believe in acting swiftly. The sooner we start building your defense, the better your chances are of a favorable outcome. We work aggressively to challenge the state’s evidence, cross-examine their witnesses, and even scrutinize the methods used by law enforcement in collecting evidence. There are instances where the conditions specified in Texas Penal Code Ann. §20.06(f) are not met, and pointing out these technicalities can sometimes result in charges being reduced or dropped.
We understand that this is a confusing, difficult time for you. You don’t just need a lawyer; you need a team that’s going to fight tooth and nail for your freedom. We will never stop trying to save your life. We are the advocates you want by your side, unyielding in our defense and steadfast in our commitment to you. Your freedom is what matters most to us, and there is no challenge we can’t handle. Remember, the clock is ticking, and time is of the essence. So if you find yourself facing these severe charges, don’t delay. The sooner you act, the stronger your defense will be.
Time is of the Essence
The quicker you act, the better your chances are of mounting a successful defense. Early action can be instrumental in gathering evidence, locating witnesses, and preparing your case. It can make all the difference between a conviction and your freedom. We never stop trying to save your life, and there’s no challenge we can’t handle.
Contact an Experienced Texas Criminal Law Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged under Texas Penal Code Ann. §20.06(f), don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Your future is too important to leave to chance.
Have you been arrested for a crime under Texas Penal Code Ann. §20.06(f)? There’s no time to waste. Call Barbieri Law Firm P.C., today at (972) 750-4845 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our Texas criminal defense attorneys. We will never give up on fighting for your rights and your freedom.