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Will your arrest result in deportation?

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2023 | Immigration Law

Have you been arrested and are now concerned about potential immigration consequences? Deportation can be a frightening prospect, but fortunately, there are ways to prepare for the legal processes involved. 

What are removable offenses, and what can you do if you might be facing deportation proceedings?

Removable offenses

It is a common misconception that an arrest alone can lead to deportation. However, in most cases, an arrest will not result in deportation unless the individual is convicted of a removable offense. These offenses include: 

  • Moral turpitude crimes, which is conduct contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals. Examples of these types of offenses include fraud, theft, and certain types of assault.
  • Aggravated felonies such as murder, rape or sexual abuse of a minor.
  • Drug offenses, including possession or distribution of controlled substances like marijuana or cocaine.
  • Firearms offenses involving the illegal use or possession of firearms.
  • Domestic violence crimes which involve physical harm or threats against an intimate partner or family member.

In most cases, a first-time offense for a minor crime is unlikely to result in deportation unless there are aggravating factors such as injuries or fatalities resulting from the DWI or a history of other criminal convictions. 

No matter what type of criminal charge you face, it is crucial to understand the potential consequences before making any decisions regarding your case. Speaking with someone who can help protect your rights and ensure your case is handled correctly is essential. Knowing how best to proceed with your case and what steps you should take help you avoid any potential negative consequences related to your immigration status.