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Immigration, Crime & Deportation

For many immigrants, coming to the United States to work, raise a family and create a life is a life-changing experience. After all, America is the land of freedom and opportunity. Unfortunately, if an immigrant violates U.S. immigration laws, even if he or she has a green card, it can lead to deportation.

While not every crime will lead to deportation, those crimes that fall into the category of “crimes of moral turpitude” or a serious felony pose a definite risk of deportation. Additionally, there are specific crimes that are considered “grounds for deportation.”

What is a crime of moral turpitude?

U.S. immigration law does not clearly define a crime of moral turpitude, but generally it is a crime that goes against the morals of society, it’s a crime that is considered deplorable, vile, and depraved.

Such crimes include theft, fraud, and crimes that intentionally cause bodily harm to other people, including one’s own spouse or child.

Examples of crimes of moral turpitude, include but are not limited to:

In addition to crimes that cause direct injury to a victim, crimes that involve theft or fraud almost always fall under the category of “crimes of moral turpitude.”

Since there are too many crimes involving moral turpitude to list, if you are a green card holder and being charged with a crime, your safest bet is to speak with a Plano criminal immigration attorney from our firm.

We can answer your questions and explain whether your particular criminal charge would be considered a “deportable” offense. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to argue that your alleged offense does not classify as a crime of moral turpitude, and that it’s a “petty offense.”

Petty offenses involve minor crimes, such as misdemeanor DUI, shoplifting, and public intoxication to name a few. If you are an immigrant who is facing criminal charges, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for aggressive deportation defense!