We Fight For You And Your Freedom
Miami Passport Fraud Attorneys
Over 45 Years of White Collar Crime Experience
Passports are travel documents issued by a competent authority. They serve as legal proof of a person’s origin, identity, and nationality, and are valid for the entry of that person into a foreign country. U.S. passports are stolen or fraudulently manufactured at an alarming rate despite efforts by the federal government. Unfortunately, many innocent people are arrested on suspicion of passport fraud every year because of prosecutorial zeal.
Having the advice of a skilled criminal defense attorney is crucial in these situations. If you were arrested for passport fraud, you should consider speaking immediately with an experienced white collar crime attorney who can help you formulate a defense. At Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. we can help you during your passport fraud investigation and represent you in your federal criminal case. We are the lawyers you need on your side.
What Is Passport Fraud?
Some of the ways this offense can be committed include:
- Applying for a passport using the identity of a deceased person;
- Using fraudulent support documents when applying for a passport;
- Using a stolen or altered passport; and
- Circumventing the two-parent signature rule for children to obtain a passport.
While most people are aware that these activities qualify as passport fraud, few know that any false statements made on an application to obtain a passport and use of any passport so obtained is also unlawful.
False Statements Made to Obtain a Passport
Before a person can be convicted under federal law, prosecutors must demonstrate that the defendant:
- Willfully and knowingly made any false statement in an application for passport,
- With the intent to induce or secure the issuance of a passport for his or her own use or the use of another.
Even attempting to use a passport that was fraudulently obtained is punishable under federal law. Though this is true, prosecutors are required to prove that the user knew that the passport was secured because someone gave a false statement. Those who are convicted of this offense face up to 10 years in prison. However, if the prosecutors allege that the passport was used to facilitate a drug trafficking crime the maximum sentence that could be imposed is up to 20 years in prison. If the offense was committed to facilitate an act of international terrorism the potential sentence is up to 25 years in prison.
Forgery And Alteration
Federal law prohibits making, forging, counterfeiting, mutilating, or altering any passport or instrument purporting to be a passport, with the intent to use it. It is also unlawful to willfully and knowingly use, attempt to use, or furnish to another for use any false, forged, counterfeited, mutilated, or altered passport or instrument purporting to be a passport. Penalties include hefty fines and prison sentences of up to 25 years if the offense was committed to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
Why Hire Us?
Serving Criminal Defense Clients For Over 45 Years
We Are Available 24/7 and Offer Complementary Consultations
Fully Prepared to Get The Best Possible Results in Each Case
We Wrote the Book on How to Handle Federal Cases
We are Top-Rated and Award Winning Attorneys
Speak With An Attorney
Using A Forged Passport
Even those who were not involved in a passport’s forgery or alteration can be charged under federal law if they:
- Used or tried to use a passport that was issued to someone else;
- Used or attempted to use a passport in violation of federal restrictions or conditions; or
- Furnished or delivered a passport to any person, for use by someone other than the person to whom it was issued.
Proving a defendant’s knowledge of the true nature of a forged or altered passport is critical to obtain a conviction. It is especially important that you speak with our experienced passport fraud lawyers in Miami if you have been charged with passport fraud. We can help protect your interests.
Please call 786 671-0499 to speak with the criminal defense attorneys at Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A., if you are facing a passport fraud investigation or if you were arrested for offenses related to passports, visas, and related documents. Our Miami legal team is prepared to assist you immediately.
What Our Clients Are Saying
Jeffrey Weiner & Diego Weiner did an excellent work and obtained a successful result in our case which was a... read moreDiana Murcia
I am forever grateful for the work done by attorney Jeffrey Weiner. I had never before needed a defense attorney... read moreCharlie Daye
Diego Weiner, Criminal Defense Attorney, expeditiously resolved our case, before it began! Diego Weiner, Criminal Defense Attorney, expeditiously resolved our case, before it began! When looking for a criminal defense attorney-at-law, I... read moreSatisfied Client!
Beautiful clean professional office. Secretary very nice, they offer you water, tea or coffee while you're waiting for the lawyer.Sheryl Wallace
Jeffrey, Diego, and his entire staff always made us feel at ease and that they would do anything in their power to protect us. I just wanted to update to let everyone know how much of a gentlemen Mr. Diego has been to my... read moreLuis R.
Jeff Weiner, Annabelle Nahra, Diego Weiner and the rest of the team working at the office became like a family... read morealik0319 .
Will work tirelessly for your rights, your family, and for justice. It is an absolute pleasure, a privilege, and truly an honor to be writing this review regarding Mr. Jeffrey S.... read moreUlly D.
My case was handled quickly and efficiently! It has been said that a good attorney knows the law but a great attorney knows the judge. So what... read moreJonathan
Schedule a Complementary Consultation Now
Hire a team of dedicated attorneys who have successfully obtained favorable results for thousands of clients.
The Law Office Of Jeffrey S. Weiner Is Based In Miami, Florida And Represents Clients Throughout Florida In Both State And Federal Courts, Throughout The United States, As Well As International Criminal Courts.
How May We Help You?
Call Us Now
Send Us A Message
Visit Our Office
Two Datran Center,
9130 South Dadeland Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33156