Border Stops

Border Stops Attorney in Yuma

Aggressive Defense Against Border Stop Drug Charges

You were stopped at the border. You were checked to make sure you weren’t engaging in the transportation of illegal immigrants. In the meantime, the U.S. Border Patrol brought out the drug-sniffing dogs. They searched your vehicle, said they found drugs, and charged you with a drug crime.

At the Law Office of Phil Hineman, P.C., we know how to defend individuals against drug charges issued at Border Patrol checkpoints in Wellton (on Interstate 8) and elsewhere in Arizona. These are challenging cases, but, with more than 30 years of experience on our side, we can get results.

If you or a loved one has experienced this situation, call (928) 224-3230 or contact us online immediately.

Does the U.S. Border Patrol Have the Right to Stop You?

Because the intention of Border Patrol checkpoints is to prevent illegal immigration, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and Border Patrol have been granted the right to stop you. They also have the right to check for other criminal activity, including:

  • Illegal immigration
  • Drug smuggling
  • Human trafficking

Border Patrol has the constitutional right to set up checkpoints within 100 miles of the border and make routine stops. Its agents can use drug-sniffing dogs and handheld devices called Busters that can detect vehicle structure anomalies. Agents may also have x-ray and gamma ray scanning systems. If Border Patrol agents discover probable cause, they can get a warrant to perform a complete search of a vehicle. If they find drugs, they can arrest and charge people for possessing or transporting marijuana, cocaine, or any other illegal substance.

You Have the Right to Fight Back

Although the Border Patrol often acts like it has unchecked authority in the 100-mile zone, there are limits to what agents can do. They cannot randomly pull vehicles over without reasonable suspicion away from a checkpoint, but if you were stopped at a checkpoint and arrested for drug possession, it may seem that the odds are stacked against you.

For example, a drug possession charge requires “knowing” possession. In other words, if another party stashed the drugs in your vehicle without your knowledge, you were not in possession. This is called being a “blind mule.” The burden falls on you to prove that you didn’t know, and this can be a difficult task, but it is not always impossible.

When you choose our law firm, you have the advantage of being represented by Phil Hineman, a former criminal prosecutor. This background is very important. It means we know how the opposition handles these cases. It also means we know what works against them. With experience in both defense and prosecution, we are uniquely qualified to effectively and efficiently protect your rights.

Let us fight for your future. Call (928) 224-3230 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.

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At the Law Office of Phil Hineman, P.C., we have handled thousands of criminal defense cases. We are results-oriented, working with an unfailing sense of urgency to help you achieve a favorable resolution as soon as possible. But we also provide our clients with compassionate support because we understand the level of stress they may be experiencing. If you would like to experience this exemplary legal support, get in touch with us today to schedule your complimentary case evaluation.

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