The Law Office of Guerra & Farah, PLLC is extremely pleased with the
successful results we were able to obtain for our client. The client had
been a police officer in McAllen for 16 years, and was facing two very
serious charges of alien smuggling. Working with co-counsel Armando Marroquin,
Attorney Juan L. Guerra, Jr. was able to convince the jury that our client
was betrayed by a friend, and secured a not guilty verdict on her behalf.
This case is the latest in a history of
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A Friendly Favor
Our client was a McAllen police officer in good standing and a single mother,
who had suffered neck and back injuries after being struck by a drunk
driver several years ago. She had been treated regularly by a chiropractor,
and the two became friends after years of treatment. Our client mentioned
to that she intended to visit San Antonio for her sister’s birthday,
at which point the chiropractor asked her to bring two of his relatives
with her. She agreed, and headed toward San Antonio with her two children
and the two women.
A Victim of Deceit
Since our client had previously driven the man’s daughter to Houston,
she had no reason to believe that there would be any issues. The party
reached the Falfurrias checkpoint on Jun 16, 2015, and were detained by
Border Patrol agents after the two women refused to answer questions about
their citizenship. As it turned out, neither woman was legally in the
United States. Furthermore, it was later discovered that they were not
even relatives of the chiropractor who had asked for the favor. She was
arrested, and was charged with two counts of alien smuggling.
A Fair & Just Verdict
Our client faced up to 10 years in prison for each count, in addition to
hefty fines. The jury agreed with our assertion that our client was essentially
a victim in this crime, as she was betrayed by someone she thought was
a friend. The jury agreed, and acquitted our client on both counts. Attorney
Guerra was pleased with the result, commenting that “This was a
fair and just verdict that will with Joan her life back.”
This case serves as a strong reminder that even law-abiding police officers
can find themselves on the wrong side of the law by accident. At The Law
Office of Guerra & Farah, PLLC, our skilled El Paso criminal defense
lawyers are committed to helping our clients make sure their voices are
heard in court.
If you’re facing criminal charges, contact our firm today for your
free initial evaluation.