Client arrived at the border and presented a valid passport belonging to another person. The inspecting officer noticed that the photograph in the passport did not resemble the client and ordered the client to the secondary inspection area. At secondary, the client admitted to the officers that he was not the true owner of the passport. The client was arrested and charged with three felonies with a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.
Through careful negotiation with the District Attorney we were able to resolve the case with a plea to misdemeanor false impersonation, thereby keeping the client within the “petty offense exception” for immigration purposes. As an added benefit, the client will be able to resolve his immigration case from within the United States.