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What Crimes Can Lead to Deportation?

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If you are currently in the United States with a visa or green card, you could face deportation if you get in trouble with the law. Even a minor mishap with law enforcement could jeopardize your immigration status. Our Orange County immigration attorneys explain which crimes often lead to deportation.

Most Common Crimes that Result in Deportation

Under U.S. immigration law, there are certain serious criminal convictions that can lead to deportation, regardless of how long you’ve built your life in the United States. For such reasons, it is important to understand which crimes can jeopardize your immigration status. Below we list serious crimes that could affect a person’s immigration status:

  • Crimes of Moral Turpitude (CMT): This type of crime can result in deportation if convicted within five years of admission to the United States or if convicted for two or more CMTs.

  • Aggravated Felonies: Common forms of aggravated felonies includes murder, rape, and kidnapping.

  • Controlled Substances Offenses: Drug crimes can also lead to deportation unless it’s the possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana.

  • Firearm Offenses: Illegally carrying a firearm or selling or trafficking firearms may result in deportation.

  • Domestic Violence: Abuse and domestic violence crimes can make a visa holder or green card holder deportable.

What Should I Do If I Am Facing Criminal Charges?

If you are facing criminal charges as a visa or green card holder, you need an experienced criminal defense and immigration attorney on your side. Not only could you face criminal charges and jail time, but your immigration status may be affected. An experienced immigration attorney can help you understand your rights and determine what can be done to keep you in the country. Our team at Yekrangi & Associates can analyze your case and answer any questions. We understand that facing deportation can be daunting – that is why it isn’t something you should handle alone.

Contact our Orange County immigration attorneys today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation!

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