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 stolen property.
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.
The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC: Get Help Now
If you are facing allegations of a criminal offense, talk to an attorney at the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, today. At our firm, we can help you understand your rights as a nonimmigrant, inform you of your legal options, and give you the aggressive and effective legal representation that you need. If you’ve been charged with a CIMT, your freedom, reputation and standing as a resident of the United States is at stake. To see what a lawyer from our firm can do for you, call today. Every case is different. That’s why the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, wants to hear from you.
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