Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
What is Moral Turpitude?
Moral turpitude refers to behavior that violates community standards of
justice. The term appeared in U.S. immigration law in the nineteenth century
and includes crimes involving dishonest behavior and lack of good morals
or good character.
Moral turpitude is used in other fields of law, too. For instance, a criminal
conviction involving moral turpitude could be used to revoke a professional
license. More importantly, a conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude
can be used to deny individuals immigration status, and they can be used
to deport legal immigrants as well.
Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT) fall into several categories:
- Crimes committed against property
- Crimes committed against governmental authority
- Crimes committed against person, family relationship, or sexual morality.
Additionally, it is an equally punishable offense to help another person
commit a crime involving moral turpitude.
Crimes Against Property
There are many criminal offenses that can be considered crimes committed
against property. This category includes crimes such as: arson, blackmail,
extortion, burglary, false pretenses, grand larceny, petty larceny, malicious
destruction of property, robbery, embezzlement, theft and transporting
Crimes Against Governmental Authority
A CIMT may be committed against the government, too. For instance, bribery,
tax evasion, counterfeiting, perjury, fraud, harboring a fugitive and
mail fraud are all crimes that could be considered CIMT under the category
of "crimes against governmental authority." If you are a noncitizen
in the United States facing an allegation of any of these crimes, contact
The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today. A lawyer from the firm can give you
the legal assistance you need.
Crimes Against Person, Family Relationship, or Sexual Morality
Crimes against person, family relationship, or sexual morality are serious
offenses with serious consequences. If you are convicted of abandoning
a child (willfully), you may be charged with a CIMT and deported. Additionally,
different types of assault are considered CIMT, such as: assault with
the intention to kill, assault with a dangerous or deadly weapon, assault
with the intention of robbing someone, and assault with the intention
of causing someone serious physical harm may also be considered CIMT.
Paternity fraud and bigamy also fall into this category, along with gross
indecency, incest, and murder.
CIMT & Deportation
In order to be deported for committing a CIMT, you must be convicted of
the crime within 5 years of entering the U.S. According to the United
States Department of Justice, a noncitizen convicted of CIMT within five
years of coming to the U.S. is deportable. However, even if you have resided
in the U.S. for more than five years, you may still be subject to deportation
if you have been convicted of more than one CIMT.
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