Our final post concerning convictions for non-US citizens will address which crimes are considered to be crimes of moral turpitude. As mentioned before, being convicted of a crime of moral turpitude can render a non-U.S. Citizen removable or inadmissible.
A crime of moral turpitude is merely a description for other crimes. This category includes crimes of violence as well as other crimes that may carry moral indicators. Murder and other aggravated misdemeanors and felonies are considered crimes of moral turpitude. Domestic abuse and other family-related offenses may be considered crimes of moral turpitude. For example, child neglect and domestic assault can render you removable. Other crimes of moral turpitude are immigration fraud, trafficking weapons or drugs, and retail fraud.
Crimes that are not associated with moral turpitude include basic assault, operating while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, and even carrying small amounts of marijuana. The difference between being convicted of a crime of moral turpitude and avoiding a misdemeanor that is considered to bear moral turpitude hinges on whether you can successfully plead other offenses down to disorderly conduct. This is why having an attorney that is experienced in criminal defense and understands your situation is so important.
The moral character of an applicant is a substantial factor taken into account by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services during the naturalization review. Further, being convicted of crimes of moral turpitude may have effects on visa, green card and naturalization applications or render you removable.
It is extremely important that you consult an attorney to review your criminal record if you are facing a crime such as this. Obtaining counsel that understands the difference between crimes of moral turpitude and crimes not associated with moral turpitude is important to ensure your future is secure. The attorneys at Garmo & Kiste, PLC are seasoned defense attorneys. We pride ourselves on providing individualized care in order to achieve the best outcome for each and every one of our clients.Contact us with a private message for a free Consulation.