If you are not a citizen of the United States but you possess a green card
(permanent resident visa), usually a
DUI will not do anything to affect your immigration status. Deportable offenses
and offenses that could prevent you from coming to the United States only
include aggravated felonies and crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMT).
A driving under the influence offense may be classified as an aggravated
felony if –
Crimes involving moral turpitude or "CIMT" are loosely defined
as criminal offenses that are "base, vile, or depraved, and contrary
to the accepted rules of morality." CIMT is not defined by statute,
but rather defined by case law. Some examples of moral turpitude crimes
- Intent to steal or defraud
- Sex offenses
- Aggravated assault
A simple DUI will most likely not affect your green card, but it still
carries consequences. For example, DUIs are costly (legal fines, courtroom
fees, insurance premium increases, ignition interlock fees, and DUI school
fees). DUIs also affect your driver's license and potentially your
job if your job involves driving.
Gold & Witham is here to help you fight your drunk driving charge.
To learn more, call us today or fill out a
free case evaluation form.