Although facing criminal charges is always distressing, it can be that much more problematic for people who are not U.S. citizens, as criminal charges against immigrants can have significantly negative impacts on their immigration status. In other words, while American citizens can face the possibility of losing their freedom when they are charged with crimes, immigrants can be threatened with the loss of their freedom, as well as the loss of permission to stay in the U.S. with their families.
In this blog series, we will delve into some important facts to know when it comes to criminal charges against immigrants and the impacts that these cases can have on their immigration statuses.
If you have additional question about how criminal cases can affect immigration cases, or if you need assistance with any immigration matter, don’t hesitate to contact the Los Angeles immigration attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.
Fact 1 – Criminal charges against immigrants can result in deportation, even if people have their green cards.
In fact, according to U.S. immigration law, when people who are not American citizens are found to have committed a “crime of moral turpitude” or an aggravated felony, they can be deported to their home country. Specifically, crimes of moral turpitude can include various violations associated with acts of dishonesty, fraud, theft or the intent to physically harm someone else.
More specifically, such crimes can include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Various types of theft
- Various types of fraud
- Spousal or child abuse
- Sex offenses
- Violent crimes.
Drunk driving – particularly if it ends up resulting in an accident or death – may also in some cases be considered to be a crime of moral turpitude that can put people at risk of being deported from the U.S.
Be sure to look for the additional parts of this blog that will be posted soon for our continued discussion of the impacts that criminal charges against immigrants can have.
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