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Criminal & Marriage Fraud Investigations

 

STERN Law has prevented many arrests simply because our client reached out for help before talking or meeting with law enforcement.

We have successfully handled investigations with the following law enforcement agencies:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

 

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

 

Local police agencies

 

Drug Enforcement Investigations (DEA)

 

Department of State (DOS)

 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

 

If an officer from any law enforcement agency makes contact with you or someone you know, you must ALWAYS call an experienced lawyer to determine which strategy is appropriate at the current stage. It will require a thoughtful and creative approach to turn this extremely intimidating moment into a plan of action intended to protect you from future criminal and immigration problems.

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Remember, you have the Right to Remain Silent under the 5th Amendment of the Constitution. Many times, it is important to exercise that right. However, there are occasions where communicating with law enforcement may prevent an unnecessary arrest and criminal charges or help your case down the road. STERN Law will carefully assess the pending crisis and will shield you from taking a dangerous misstep that will likely complicate your case and ultimate success.

If you have been contacted by an officer of law enforcement, you have the option to talk with them without any protection or representation. However, the best decision is to politely say you’d like a short period of time to consult with a lawyer, and call STERN Law immediately.

HSI or ICE Investigations of Marriage Fraud

HSI has broad legal authority to enforce a diverse array of federal statutes. It uses this authority to investigate all types of cross-border criminal activity, including:

Financial crimes, money laundering and bulk cash smuggling;

Commercial fraud and intellectual property theft;

Cybercrimes;

Human rights violations;

Human smuggling and trafficking;

Immigration, document and benefit fraud;

Narcotics and weapons smuggling/trafficking;

Transnational gang activity;

Export enforcement; and,

International art and antiquity theft.

There is a federal priority to investigate suspicion of marriage fraud. When the government believes that there is evidence of a fraudulent marriage for the purpose of obtaining an immigration benefit, this is handled as a criminal investigation. Not only is your immigration status at risk, but you could go to prison in addition to the loss of your status and deportation.

STERN Law has successfully defended many clients against allegations of marriage fraud. None of our clients have been arrested or lost their status as a result of the initial marriage fraud investigation.