Columbus Deportation Lawyer
If you are an immigrant living in the United States of America, it is crucial that you familiarize yourself with the criminal offenses that can lead to deportation, especially if you are currently facing a criminal charge or if you have been convicted of a crime. Understanding what crimes can lead to deportation can ensure you think carefully before accepting a plea bargain or other form of agreement. Also, knowing about what criminal offenses can lead to deportation can help you determine if the crime you are being charged with or were convicted of can lead to your deportation.
Suppose the crime you are being charged with or were convicted of is a crime that cannot lead to deportation yet, a removal proceeding against you has been initiated. In such a case, our Columbus deportation lawyer can help defend you. It is possible to argue that your crime is not a crime of moral turpitude, for example, if your crime was wrongly categorized as such.
Crimes of moral turpitude are among the types of crimes that can lead to deportation. This article discusses crimes of moral turpitude and other types of crimes that can lead to deportation, which include but are not limited to:
- Aggravated felonies
- Drug-related crimes
- Domestic violence crimes
- Firearm offenses
Crimes of Moral Turpitude
The U.S. immigration law does not provide a clear definition of “crimes of moral turpitude.” However, U.S. courts have weighed in and showed that crimes of moral turpitude are those crimes that are of a shocking nature, immoral or depraved. They are basically crimes that involve a violation of the basic duties that human beings owe each other. Examples of such crimes include embezzlement, fraud, perjury, rape, murder, among many others. The list is long, so it is best to talk to an immigration attorney to determine whether the crime involved in your case is a crime of moral turpitude.
According to immigration law, as it pertains to immigration, aggravated felonies include rape, murder, sexual abuse, illicit trafficking in a controlled substance, illicit trafficking in firearms, and many others.
You should note that most crimes that are considered aggravated felonies are also categorized as crimes of moral turpitude.
Even the simple possession of a small amount of a controlled substance can get an alien deported. Other drug-related offenses that can lead to deportation include;
- Selling controlled substances
- Trafficking controlled substances
- Possessing controlled substances with intent to sell
Domestic Violence Crimes
Domestic violence crimes that can lead to the deportation of an alien include, among others;
- Violation of a domestic violence protective order
- Child abuse, abandonment, or neglect
- A crime of violence committed against a spouse (either current or former)
Sometimes, a domestic violence crime can be considered an aggravated felony offense or a crime of moral turpitude.
Generally, being convicted of any firearm offense can result in deportation. However, an individual is more at risk of deportation if convicted of a federal firearm offense.
Contact Shirazi Immigration Law for Legal Help
If you were convicted of a crime and are now facing deportation because of that conviction, we invite you to contact our Columbus deportation defense lawyers at Shirazi Immigration Law at 404-523-3611.