Washington DC Export Control Defense Attorney
At KaiserDillon PLLC we understand that the export laws in the United States can be complicated and difficult to understand. We also know that the federal government doesn’t make it easy to understand what can be transported under proper licensing, what can never be shipped outside the United States and what countries can never receive shipments from the US. We set aside time to stay on top of the ever changing export control regulations and use our knowledge to help our clients facing export control violations in Washington, DC.
At KaiserDillon PLLC we defend clients facing export control charges as a result of a number of situations including:
* Shipping something illegal – Possession of illegal substances or items is a punishable offense. Using that logic, the federal government has made it a separate offense to ship illegal substances or items within the US and outside of the country. If you are suspected of shipping an illegal item outside of the country from Washington DC you could face serious charges for export control violations.
* Shipping without the proper permit – You can be charged with a Washington DC export control violation if you ship items without the proper permits or licenses. While many things can be shipped without governmental approval, things like alcohol and firearms are subject to federal shipping restrictions.
* Shipping items to a prohibited country – Throughout history governments have restricted or prohibited shipping and trade with different countries for a myriad of political reasons. In the US if you ship anything to a prohibited country you could be charged with an export control violation in Washington DC.
Interestingly, you may also be subject to export control violations in Washington DC if you take protected or sensitive information into a forbidden country. Even more interestingly, you can be subject to charges even if the information is never compromised or disclosed. Merely taking a laptop or smart phone with sensitive information saved on it may be enough to warrant a Washington DC export control violation charge.
As you can see, there are a wide variety of situations that could lead to a Washington DC export control violation. As a result the attorneys at KaiserDillon PLLC work to ensure they understand the nuances in the law and can completely represent their clients facing these charges.
Unfortunately, the penalties for export control violations can be very punitive. The federal government has decided to use these penalties to protect certain national interests and prevent export control violations. To that end, Washington DC export control violations carry penalties per violation rather than penalties per violator. That means multiple shipments will result in multiple charges and corresponding penalties. Each criminal violation can carry penalties of up to a $1,000,000 fine and 10 years imprisonment. And, of course, a federal prosecutor can often find other charges to add as well.
At KaiserDillon PLLC we take our Washington DC export control cases very seriously and offer no obligation consultations to all potential clients facing Washington DC export control charges and encourage you to contact us at (202) 640-2850 to discuss your case.