Michigan Criminal Defense and Crimes of Moral Turpitude

Michigan Criminal Defense and Crimes of Moral Turpitude:

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.


Crimes can have an effect on your immigration status. Specifically, if you are convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, depending on your current status you may be deported or be nonadmissible to the country going forward. Crimes of moral turpitude are those that are considered bad or evil by their very nature such as theft, fraud, robbery, sex offenses etc. If you have immigration issues and have been charged with an offense that qualifies as a crime of moral turpitude, it is especially important that you retain an experienced attorney to assist you with these matters. Here are some crimes that have been held to involve moral turpitude:

At Garmo & Kiste, PLC we have developed relationships with the Prosecutors and City Attorneys who will be assigned to your case. In the past we have been able to negotiate modifications, reductions, or even dismissals for clients which prevents a conviction of a crime of moral turpitude from being entered against you. This can prevent immigration ramifications, high court costs, and even jail time, as well as having a criminal record.

Crimes of Moral Turpitude Michigan Attorney: To retain Garmo & Kiste, PLC, for assistance in these matters call us at (248) 398-7100  for a free consultation or contact us with a private message. We are experienced Michigan attorneys with offices in Troy, MI.