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Criminal Law


Tamara Valencia, Esq. is an experienced and very talented attorney who is a former Judge in the Court of Maynas, former District Attorney and a former Judicial Clerk in the Court of Internal Affairs. Tamara has advanced training in Constitutional Law as well as Criminal Law and has also worked in International Arbitration as well.

For the most part, criminal law matters involving foreigners in Peru can be summarized into one specific area… Drug Trafficking. While Peru is in fact an amazing country known for its historical, architectural and gastronomic values, it is also infamous for boasting the title of number one producer of coca leaves and exporter of the purest grade of cocaine in the world. This actually narrows down to the following: one kilogram of processed, high grade cocaine can be purchased in Peru for about $600 while that same kilo will sell in Europe for $60,000 and Australia and Japan for three times that. The lure is great, but the price to pay when getting caught can easily mean serving a 15 to 25 year sentence in some of the most horrendous prisons in the world where if the prisoner does not have a solid financial support from their loved ones back home, they are destined to serve their time under unimaginable and inhumane conditions.

MONTEBLANCO & ASSOCIATES has highly experienced criminal law attorneys ready to defend your loved one and provide them and you with the best options for defense strategies. It is no secret that the Peruvian judicial system for the most part is indeed corrupt, but criminal courts are by far the most challenging to deal with. As officers of the court, for us it represents a somber and grim view of the very judicial system we swore to uphold, but it is of paramount importance that our clients and their families go in knowing and understanding full well that this is a game that follows entirely different rules. The crime of drug trafficking in Peru is of course a serious offense that requires knowledgeable and experienced attorneys to walk with you every step of the way and to explain the complexities of our Penal Code as we move through the process. At no time in life does the saying “you get what you pay for” take on more meaning. You will find all kinds of legal fees available but we have the references that prove that 9 times out of ten, we get our clients a sentence that is either the lowest possible and in some cases less then the minimum requested by the court. The idea that the person that committed the crime will walk away unpunished is a judicial impossibility by any stretch of the imagination, any attorney or person who offers this to you as an option is simply one that should be crossed off your list before you even begin.

If this is the first time you are going through this process then we hope this brief information helps to mitigate the mistakes families often make such as relying heavily on support from their embassies. Unfortunately, all that your embassy can do, at best is to make sure their countryman/woman has not had their human rights violated, but you can be certain that they will not be there with your loved one, they cannot guarantee that they will have a cot to sleep in, proper meals or even drinking water. The reality is that if you want these things then you have to buy them or rent them, but unfortunately, you cannot expect the Peruvian prison provide these things to you.

Currently, 90% of our clientele needing criminal defense is made up of Drug Trafficking charges. As the leading producer and exporter of the highest quality cocaine in the world, Peru boasts a solid number of arrests at the airport (two per day on average) of what has come to be colloquially known as Peruvian Drug Mules.

Lastly, it is imperative that you understand that when it comes to criminal cases, timing is everything. Be sure to advice your loved one apprehended to NOT speak to anyone, to NOT give a statement on what happened, to NOT speak to the prosecution or the police without the presence of an attorney of their/your choosing and if their selected attorney is not fluent in a language your family member is comfortable with then the court/prosecution has to provide him/her with an official translator. Following these basic rules makes all the difference in the world. Let the Criminal Law team at MONTEBLANCO & ASSOCIATES lead you in the right direction, this is an area of the law where mistakes cannot afford to be made. Be sure to Contact Us for any questions you may have and if it is happening as you read this; do not hesitate to call our hotline available 24/7/365 in the contact area of this web site.

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