Border Stops

Border Stops Attorney in Yuma

Can Border Patrol Pull You Over in Arizona?

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. Border Patrol has the constitutional right to set up checkpoints within 100 miles of the border and make routine stops.

Stops may be due to:

  • Illegal immigration
  • Drug smuggling
  • Human trafficking

Additionallya border control stop may include:

  • Drug-sniffing dogs
  • Handheld devices called Busters that can detect vehicle structure anomalies
  • 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.

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 to speak to a skilled Yuma border stop lawyer.

Law Office of Phil Hineman, P.C. Border Patrol Legal Counsel

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, our Yuma border stop attorney is 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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