The U.S- Mexico border crossing at Tijuana is one of the busiest in the world. Every day, thousands of American citizens and others cross back and forth between the two countries. Frequently, individuals heading north back into the U.S. are searched, detained, arrested, and charged with crimes for engaging in illegal activity. If you’ve been arrested at the Tijuana border crossing, the San Diego criminal defense lawyers at Shouse Law can help.
There are many reasons why you could be arrested at the border. Some of the most common are:
- Drug smuggling
- Human trafficking
- Importing counterfeit goods
- Immigration violations
Depending on the nature of the offense, an individual arrested at the border can face federal criminal charges, California state criminal charges or a combination of both. The consequences of a conviction can include lengthy prison sentences, especially if large quantities of narcotics or human trafficking is involved. For legal but non-citizen U.S. residents, a border arrest can also threaten immigration status and lead to deportation.
For decades, the bars and nightclubs of Tijuana’s Avenida Revolucion have attracted teenagers and those under 21 who can legally drink alcohol since the drinking age in Tijuana is 18. But if you drive to Tijuana and attempt to cross the border while under the influence, you can and will be charged with a San Diego County DUI.
Being arrested anywhere is a scary experience. Being arrested at the U.S. border can be even more so. You should immediately retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help protect your rights and begin preparing your defense. Our San Diego County criminal defense attorneys provide experienced and aggressive representation for those arrested and charged with crimes at the Tijuana border crossing and are available 24/7 for a free initial consultation. Please give us a call today to discuss your case.