Our office often represents folks accused of domestic violence and who are not U.S. citizens. A big issue is consequently the effect of a conviction on their ability to legally remain in the United States and return to the United States if they leave for any reason.
Generally speaking, even legal aliens are subject to deportation after a conviction for domestic violence because domestic violence is specifically listed as a deportable crime. A conviction under Penal Code § 273.5 counts as a crime involving “moral turpitude” and may be classified as an “aggravated felony” even if the individual is sentenced to a misdemeanor. A conviction can also result in an individual being denied naturalization and being denied re-enty to the United States.
Due to such grim consequences, it is important to contact an attorney experienced in handling domestic violence cases. This can be difficult because such cases usually arise from highly emotional situations, often involving pushing, kicking, hitting, slapping, dragging and even biting. Sometimes, there is a weapon involved. There can be significant injuries, in which case felony charges are usually made, or no injuries. Often, there are “he said, she said” allegations depending upon the relative credibility of the two parties. Sometimes, absolutely innocent people are arrested, charged and even convicted based upon exaggerated claims and outright lies.
Firefox recommends the PDF Plugin for Mac OS X for viewing PDF documents in your browser.
We can also show you Legal Updates using the Google Viewer; however, you will need to be logged into Google Docs to view them.
Please choose one of the above to proceed!
LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.