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Living in Chicago, you may not even think of the border. After all you don’t live anywhere near it. However, you can reach the border in about five hours if you go through Michigan. At the border you will encounter the United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) who enforce federal laws at the United States’ borders with Canada and Mexico. The CBP’s job is to “secure the border and facilitate lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.” The U.S.-Canada border (aka the “International Boundary”) has a relatively low level of security in comparison to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The total number of agents at both the Canada and Mexico borders increased after the September 11th attacks. Now, there are more than 17,000 USBP personnel stationed at the Mexico border. With added security and a need to protect border interests, agents can get excessive with questions and even improperly detain you. If you or someone you love has been arrested at either the U.S.-Mexico border or the U.S.-Canada border at a checkpoint station or elsewhere, a Chicago criminal defense attorney at Okabe & Haushalter can help. Our lawyers are extremely experienced when it comes to federal criminal cases such as this, and can defend your innocence after being arrested at one of our borders.
Even though you may think being arrested at the border isn’t something you think can happen to you, it can. It may also be for some of the strangest reasons or for ignorance of the different laws. Some of the most common reasons that individuals are arrested at the border include:
Agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security make arrests at our borders every day. If you were arrested for and have been accused of a criminal offense, please do not hesitate to contact a Chicago federal criminal defense attorney from our firm. We understand how to deal with federal agencies and we are effective in advocating for our clients’ rights and innocence. Whether the arrest involves a drug offense, an immigration offense or another type of alleged offense, Okabe & Haushalter is here to help. To receive a free evaluation of your case, please call us at 310-430-7799.