Illegal Re-Entry Page
Illegal re-entry occurs when a citizen who is in the United States illegally is removed from the country and tries to return. A citizen who is removed can no longer re-enter the United States without permission from the U.S. Government. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, any persons removed from the country due to one of the reasons below and who tries to return illegally is committing a crime.
• Denied admission to the U.S.;
• Excluded from the U.S.;
• Deported from the U.S.;
• Removed from the U.S.; or
• Departed from the U.S. while an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal was outstanding.
Because illegal re-entry comes with serious penalties and it is one of the easiest crimes for the U.S. Government to prove, you will need an expert team of lawyers to help you fight. The law firm of Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger is “battle hardened.” We are ready to help you fight one of the toughest charges to fight. We understand the government has the upper hand in this fight, and we understand the potential for harsh penalties.
• A fine;
• Imprisonment for not more than 10 years;
• Both fine and imprisonment; or
• For aliens reentering or found in the U.S. without government approval after a criminal conviction for an aggravated felony, the statutory maximum term of imprisonment is 20 years

We understand the desire to come to a country for a better life for your children. That is the same reason we practice law in the great city of Baton Rouge: we want our children to have a better future than us and live in a diverse nation that allows you to live your dream. We will do everything within our power and the constraints of the law to help you move closer to this dream.

Our staff of experienced attorneys is prepared to spend time and energy to help you. We know how hard you worked and the risks you took to come here to fulfill your dream. We are going to put our own dream team together to give you the individual attention your case deserves. We will go over the specifics of your case, inform you about what your options are according to the law, and put together a defense plan that fits the merits of your case. We will provide you a comprehensive service you will not find anywhere else.

In addition to your legal team, we will help you find resources for your personal needs. This includes finding you shelter, clothes, and food. In addition, we will connect you with organizations that can further assist you with your time in this country while we start your case. This means assisting your family and communicating with you and them every step of the way. Moreover, we will communicate with authorities and other entities involved. Our law team will be your most ardent supporters and tireless fighters for your rights in your time of need. Please do not hesitate to contact us today to get started on your path to citizenship!

Federal Practice Services Page or Summary of Services Above Page
At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we service clients in Baton Rouge in a range of federal criminal defense cases. We specialize in this type of defense because we believe that everyone deserves a fair chance at justice. No matter the type of federal crime the offender is involved in or its severity, we aim to provide top-of-the-line legal services to help ensure you are well taken care and the law respects your rights. This is a summary of the federal criminal defense cases we service and some information about each type of offense.
Federal Drug Trafficking Defense
An allegation of Federal drug trafficking can have a devastating effect on your reputation, livelihood, and overall well-being. This is a serious offense with devastating consequences. According to Louisiana state law, sentences increase if the defendant has a prior felony. Many trafficking offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences, and any drug proceeds are forfeited. In addition, gun possession charges in combination with a federal drug trafficking offense can add five years to the sentence. Federal drug trafficking of cocaine alone, according to Louisiana state law, can have the following consequences:

• 40–99 years hard labor without parole

• Probation and a fine of up to $500,000