Export Control Charges

Information About Export Control Charges in Federal Court

Export control offenses are a priority of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In an export control case, the government has to prove that a person exported something that shouldn’t have been sent outside of the United States, either because it’s illegal to send in general, like narcotics, because it requires a license to be sent out of the country, like some weapons, or because something was sent to a country our government does not allow trade with, like North Korea. Export control offenses can be prosecuted and charged in a number of different ways, and people who are convicted can face significant prison time. Each violation of the Export Control Act can result in a sentence of as much as 10 years in prison.

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