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Criminal Law and Immigration

Immigration laws have become very stringent in many countries over the years. The primary reason for this is so that countries like the United Kingdom can better manage the available resources. Another important reason in placing tight reins on immigration policies is so that crime can be effectively monitored and combated. This suggests that rise in crime is associable with immigration. Regardless of the reasons for more stringent immigration rules however, the fact remains that every single migrant has human rights and liberties which should not be taken away in the absence of overarching and compelling circumstances.

The Immigration Act 1971 places significant penalties on immigration offences, including up to 14 years imprisonment for commission of a breach of immigration law and facilitating. Other relevant and often relied upon legislations in immigration cases include the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002; the UK Borders Act 2007 and where relevant, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) further associates illegal immigration with certain serious criminal offences such as human trafficking, identity crime and other serious organised crime activities such as prostitution. This association is what usually elevates immigration offences to criminal offences. Furthermore, the UK immigration agency and other related bodies tasked with protecting the country’s borders take cases of forged or counterfeit documents for the primary purpose of gaining entrance into or remaining in the UK by deception very seriously.

At London’s most prominent criminal defence law networks, owing to our several years of experience as well as our impressive areas of expertise, we have a proven track record of success in defending immigration matters especially where allegations of organised crime are also involved. In certain cases, an unsuspecting person approached by those known to the authorities as ‘facilitators’ may be under the impression that the promises and assurances he or she is being given are legitimate. Regrettably, this is sometimes not the case and the person soon becomes embroiled in an intricately woven web of fake papers, identity theft, and other so called facilitation packages.

We have the expertise to ensure that you are aggressively and efficiently defended against any criminal allegations. Your universal human rights as an individual will also be vigorously fought for by our dedicated team of top London immigration lawyers. Regardless of the charges you are facing; people smuggling, illegal entry, assisting unlawful immigration, provision of false passports for entry into the UK, possession and utilisation of fake immigration documents, we have your best interests at heart and will pursue all the available courses of action to ensure that you are given a solid representation throughout the immigration process.

Often times, severe hardship, extenuating circumstances, and other grounds of solid defence may be argued against a deportation order by our immigration lawyers. Our immigration experts and our criminal defence lawyers, where necessary, may however need to work hand in hand in order to be able to effectively represent you. At Criminal Defence Solicitors, our specialist immigration lawyers will meticulously prepare your immigration and/or criminal case, taking extreme extra care not to miss any potentially relevant detail and pursuing any avenue of possibility in every piece of information we gather in your defence.

Our criminal defence solicitors, along with our London immigration lawyers will travel that crucial extra mile which is sometimes the deciding factor in many cases. If there is a lead to follow in support of your case, consider it followed! Simply give us a call on 0203 514 0088 or send us an email today and we will immediately revert to you with expert immigration.


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