When it comes to criminal charges against immigrants, when the offense was committed and whether it was a crime of moral turpitude are critical factors in these cases.
While there are a wide range of criminal offenses that fall into the classification of “crimes of moral turpitude” (and, consequently, can impact people’s U.S. immigration status), petty offenses are not considered to be such crimes and, therefore, will typically not carry the risk of deportation.
For instance, if an immigrant is charged with and convicted of shoplifting (with the value of the stolen items being less than a specific amount), this crime can be considered a petty offense, and there will likely not be negative impacts to the person’s immigration status in the U.S. as a result of this criminal case.
Here, however, it’s important to point out that determining when offenses are “petty” may come down to splitting legal hairs. As a result, it’s advisable that, when criminal charges against immigrants have been filed, these people consult with an experienced immigration attorney to learn more about:
- The potential impacts to their immigration status.
- Their best options for favorably resolving the case.
Fact 3 – When criminal charges against immigrants are filed within 5 years of admission into the U.S., removal proceedings may be initiated.
Specifically, if non-citizens are convicted of a crime of moral turpitude within 5 years of coming to the U.S, deportation or removal proceedings can be initiated against these people by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This time frame is critical to these cases, as deportation will likely not be an issue if an immigrant has been in the U.S. for more than 5 years – even he has been in the U.S. for 5 years and a month.
Don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some final important facts to know about the impacts of criminal charges against immigrants.
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