You weren’t thinking and you got behind the wheel of a car while you were drunk. While you were driving home, swerving about, the police spotted you and pulled you over for a DUI. You were charged and now you’re wondering what options you have with us – because you are an immigrant and do not want to face deportation over your mistake.
Fortunately for you, in California, you do have options and you do have hope. If you are a non-citizen who has been charged with a single DUI in California, you may not face immigration consequences like deportation. However, under California immigration law, a conviction can sometimes be considered a deportable or inadmissible crime and could ultimately affect your stay in the U.S. If you are applying for naturalization, a DUI could keep you from doing so because they could find that you have bad moral character. In many cases, a DUI is not considered to be a crime of moral turpitude, which is why you may not face any consequences.
When Could my DUI be Grounds for Removal?
You could find that the consequences may include deportation if the DUI constitutes a controlled substances conviction. The crime must be construed as a controlled substance conviction under federal law instead of that of the state. Controlled substances according to the state usually tend to be much different from those on the federal list.
If you are an immigrant who has fears about deportation after a DUI conviction, you may not have to worry as much as you think you do. Unless you depend on alcohol, have a controlled substance conviction, or your moral turpitude is in question, you may still have a chance to make your case. This is why it is important to speak to an experienced attorney today at The Law Office of Peter Blair.