What Effect will a DUI have on my Immigration Status

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What Effect will a DUI have on my Immigration Status

Immigration and DUI, Arizona immigration lawyer, Phoenix Immigration Attorney, Arizona immigration law firm.

The two main ramifications of a DUI on anyone who is an alien is deportation or denial of admissibility. An alien is anyone who is not a citizen of the United States and owes political allegiance to some other country. We recommend you consult with an immigration attorney because certain DUI convictions can affect your legal status. Although most DUIs are classified as misdemeanors, the penalties are quite severe. Furthermore, penalties for second or third time offenders are much worse, and if there is an injury involved your DUI could even be classified as a felony.

In some instances a DUI can lead to deportation. The Unites States Citizenship and Naturalization Services (USCIS) may determine that your DUI is a crime involving moral turpitude and or a crime of violence under current immigration laws. A crime involving moral turpitude is grounds for deportation or inadmissibility, denial of adjustment of status, or a finding of bad moral character at a naturalization interview. However, an ordinary DUI conviction by itself is generally not considered a crime involving moral turpitude. With that said, if there are any aggravating factors, such as receiving your DUI while driving on a suspended license, your DUI may be determined to be a crime involving moral turpitude.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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