Being charged with a crime means facing a loss of liberty and property; it is a process that affects both the people charged with the crime and their loved ones. If you are charged with a crime, it is important to have an attorney that understands the law and criminal justice system.

If you are not a citizen of the United States, a conviction could affect your permanent residency or your attempt to gain lawful status in the United States. It is important that a criminal defense attorney have a proper understanding of the immigration consequences before resolving a criminal case. The legal team at Ayala & Acosta thoroughly examines each case to help clients understand their options and determine the best course of action.

We routinely represent clients charged with all types of crimes in Federal Court, including:

  • Drug Crimes
  • Immigration Crimes
    • Harboring or Transporting Illegal Aliens
    • Illegal Re-entry
  • Money Laundering
  • Firearms Offenses
  • Probation and Supervised Release Violations
    • If you have been placed on probation, or if you are on Supervised Release, you must be aware of the rules and conditions that you must follow in order to avoid a more severe punishment. Consequences of a violation can include longer probation terms, hefty fines, or even jail time. The attorneys at Ayala & Acosta can assist you in avoiding these harsh penalties. By working with someone with the knowledge and experience to defend your case, you can protect your rights and obtain a positive resolution in your case.
  • Forfeiture and Seizure
    • Forfeiture is the government seizure of property and money connected to alleged criminal activity. If you have been charged with a crime, the government may attempt to take away your assets. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can explain your rights and options in this situation. The attorneys at Ayala & Acosta have experience in defending forfeiture cases and can help you recover your property.

Being charged with a crime means facing a loss of liberty and property; it is a process that affects both the people charged with the crime and their loved ones. If you are charged with a crime, it is important to have an attorney that understands the law and criminal justice system. At Ayala & Acosta, we fight in and out of court to protect our client’s rights and achieve the best possible results.

We routinely represent clients charged with the following crimes in State and Federal Court:

Drug Crimes

  • Drug Distribution
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Possession
  • Possession with the Intent to distribute
  • Conspiracy Charges

DWI

Criminal-Immigration Defense

If you are facing a criminal charge, a conviction could affect your permanent residency or your attempt to gain lawful status in the United States. Many convictions, whether misdemeanors or felonies, can result in your deportation from the United States. In addition, some criminal convictions can affect your eligibility to be released on bond pending the resolution of your immigration case.

It is important that a criminal defense attorney have a proper understanding of the immigration consequences before resolving a criminal case. The legal team at Ayala & Acosta thoroughly examines each case to help clients understand their options and determine the best course of action.

Forfeiture and Seizure

Forfeiture is the government seizure of property and money connected to alleged criminal activity. If you have been charged with a crime, the government may attempt to take away your assets. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can explain your rights and options in this situation. The attorneys at Ayala & Acosta have experience in defending forfeiture cases and can help you recover your property.

Property Subject to Forfeiture:

  • Contraband: Property for which ownership by itself constitutes a crime, including smuggled goods, narcotics, and automatic weapons.
  • Proceeds From Illegal Activity: Property directly resulting from, or that can be traced to, an illegal activity. Once a crime is identified, the government may seize any property flowing from the activity.
  • Tools or Instrumentalities Used in Commission of a Crime: Property used in the commission of a crime, including vehicles and real estate. By being associated with the crime, the property is "guilty" of the offense, and subject to seizure.

Immigration Crimes

  • Harboring or Transporting Illegal Aliens
  • Illegal Re-entry

Probation Violations

If you have been placed on probation, you must be aware of the rules and conditions that you must follow in order to avoid a more severe punishment. Violating probation is a crime in itself, and the consequences can include longer probation terms, hefty fines, or even jail time. The attorneys at Ayala & Acosta can assist you in avoiding these harsh penalties. By working with someone with the knowledge and experience to defend your case, you can protect your rights and obtain a positive resolution in your case.