5 Deportable Offenses You Might Not Know About
Anyone facing criminal charges may be rightfully concerned with incarceration, fines and incurring a permanent criminal record. For noncitizens, however, these serious consequences are just the beginning. Noncitizens can face potential immigration consequences, including deportation or inadmissibility if convicted of certain crimes. To better understand how criminal charges can affect your immigration status, let’s take a look at five deportable offenses that could lead to deportation as well as the broad categories of crimes that impact immigration.
Convictions That Could Affect Your Immigration Status
Generally speaking, under US immigration law, an immigrant can face deportation or inadmissibility if convicted of certain crimes, mainly crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies. Crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMT) are crimes that typically involve an intent to cause bodily injury, permanent deprivation of property, lewd intent, recklessness, fraud or deceit. Aggravated felonies are less clearly defined and can include crimes such as murder or certain crimes involving a deadly weapon or destructive device. Both these categories of crimes can be difficult to pin down, as their definitions under Texas law and U.S. immigration law may not be identical. But, to give you a general idea, examples of crimes that could potentially affect your immigration status and lead to deportation include:
- Family Violence (i.e. Domestic Violence)
- Child Abuse or Neglect
- Violation of a Protective Order
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
This list is only a snapshot of the many criminal convictions that can lead to deportation, many of which are relatively common crimes. The bottom line is you never know how a criminal charge could impact your ability to stay in or return to the US until you’ve spoken with an attorney.
Don’t Face Charges for Deportable Offenses Alone
It’s vital for any Texan facing criminal charges to speak with an attorney. The consequences of a criminal conviction are severe and far-reaching. Noncitizens face a potential impact on their immigration status, depending on the nature of the offense, how long they’ve been in the US and many other factors. Thus, if you are a noncitizen concerned about criminal charges, you need to talk to an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney right away. Specifically, find an attorney who will aggressively protect your rights.
Navigating these types of cases can be difficult—if not impossible—to do on your own. Find an attorney whose goal is to obtain a dismissal or an outcome that would otherwise preserve your legal status in this country. This will require an intimate understanding of the nuances in Texas criminal statutes.
If you are facing charges for deportable offenses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to protect your rights. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.