If you’re a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder), you’re probably aware of the fact that you are expected to be on your best behavior in the United States. After all, if you commit a crime of “moral turpitude” you can be deported. As long as you are not a U.S. citizen, you can face removal proceedings if you exhibit immoral conduct. So, what about driving while intoxicated (DWI)? Can you be deported if you’re convicted of drunk or drugged driving in Texas? It depends. Typically, DWI is not a deportable offense, but that doesn’t mean a DWI can’t lead to removal proceedings. Under certain circumstances, a DWI can trigger removal proceedings including:
- Someone was seriously injured in the incident
- Someone was killed as a result of the impaired driving
- The Green Card holder has a history of convictions
- The DWI was for drugged driving (a drug-related offense)
- It was a felony DWI because of prior DWI convictions
Generally, misdemeanor DWIs don’t lead to removal proceedings, but felony DWIs can lead to deportation depending on the facts of the case. However, a misdemeanor drug-related DWI can lead to deportation because the Immigration and Nationality Act frowns upon controlled substance violations.
Are You Facing DWI Charges?
Are you a lawful permanent resident who is facing DWI charges in Plano or Dallas? If this is your first offense, you don’t have a criminal record, and it’s a simple DWI (no one was injured or killed), you should not be facing removal proceedings. On the other hand, if you’re facing felony DWI charges, if you have a history of arrests, or if you were arrested for a drug-related DWI, your future could be at stake. Without knowing the facts of your case, we cannot tell you exactly what to expect; we need more information. That said, if you’re a Green Card holder who’s facing DWI charges, contact our firm to schedule a criminal defense consultation. We also practice deportation defense, so we are the firm to call in the face of DWI and removal proceedings!