For so many immigrants living in the Los Angeles area without proper documentation, the threat of deportation is very real and something they have to live with every day. The thought of leaving a country where they have made their home and have spent a good portion of their lives is enough for some people to go to measures that they ordinarily wouldn’t in order to stay in the U.S.

A 51-year-old woman who was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol apparently felt the pressure from the threat of deportation. She entered the U.S. 15 years ago from the country of Luxembourg on a visa waiver program. Although the terms of the program had expired, the woman stayed in the country.

When she was pulled over after allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign recently, she gave authorities her wife’s name because she did not have any identification. She married her partner in July and is in the process of applying for her U.S. citizenship.

The woman was arrested for giving false information to authorities, false impersonation and driving without a license. Because she is not yet a citizen, the false impersonation charge can constitute a felony which may jeopardize her ability to stay in the country.

With so much on the line, this woman would be well advised to seek out the help of an experienced immigration attorney to help her with her case. Doing so may enable her to remain with her loved ones in the country where she calls home.

Source: The Modesto Bee, “Same-sex spouse faces possible deportation after running stop sign,” Stephen Magagnini, Oct. 11, 2013