Safety at sea is of paramount importance. In order to protect seamen and those aboard vessels on open waterways, there are strict federal laws in place governing seamen and stowaways. When those laws are violated, federal criminal charges may be brought that result in serious penalties.
If you live in Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, or surrounding areas and you are facing charges under federal laws related to seamen and stowaways, you should reach out to LV Criminal Defense.
Our federal criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience representing clients accused of wrongdoing at sea. We understand the complex laws applicable to federal crimes on open waterways and we will put our legal knowledge to work to help you navigate the criminal justice system with the goal of avoiding or lessening penalties.
To find out more about the ways in which our firm can help you to fight charges, give us a call today.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Federal laws on seamen and stowaways can be found within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 107. A total of nine different statutes within Chapter 107 address different issues in connection with these offenses, including cruelty to seamen as well as situations where seamen revolt. There was one statute within Chapter 107 that was repealed, but the remaining laws include the following:
It is important to understand the specific statute you have been charged with violating so you will better understand what a prosecutor must prove to secure a conviction against you.
LV Criminal Defense can provide necessary insight into the essential elements of the crime you have allegedly committed.
LV Criminal Defense knows the laws on seamen and stowaways inside and out and we have the necessary knowledge and experience to help you respond to accusations of wrongdoing under 18 U.S. Code Chapter 107. We will work closely with you to evaluate the nature of the evidence against you, to apply the highly technical laws applicable to behavior on the high seas, and to determine if you should plead not guilty or try to negotiate a favorable plea agreement.
Our federal criminal defense lawyers are experienced negotiators and we know how prosecutors work when it comes to prosecuting seamen and stowaways. With our insider knowledge of this area of law, we can help you to get the charges dropped or get a recommendation of a reduced sentence if you decide to plead guilty to the crimes you have been accused of. We are also prepared and ready to go to court on your behalf, present evidence, introduce reasonable doubt or raise affirmative defenses, and help you to get acquitted if you want to fight charges.
Our firm will help you to decide which legal strategy for responding to charges is likely to result in the most favorable possible outcomes and we will devote our considerable legal knowledge to helping you navigate the criminal justice system when faced with serious charges under 18 U.S. Code Chapter 107.
We represent clients in California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, or surrounding areas, so if you live in these locales, give us a call today to find out more about the ways in which our legal team can help you.