With one of the largest immigration populations in the country, California has many thousands of people living here from across the world. Many are here on legal visas for work or school. But what happens if someone on a visa is accused and convicted of a DUI? Keep reading to learn about the potential consequences. If you are in this position, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 to request a free legal consultation with an experienced DUI attorney.
In Most Cases a DUI is Not Going to Affect Immigration Status on Its Own
First, know that in most cases, a DUI will not be relevant to a person’s immigration status on its own. The U.S. Court will generally only consider deportation if a person commits what is known as a crime of moral turpitude, such as sex crimes and violent crimes. A DUI that does not involve any injury and that was committed by a first-time offender is not a crime of moral turpitude.
Certain DUI Cases Might Affect Immigration Status
While it is true that most DUI cases will not affect a person’s immigration status, there are some exceptions. In a case of DUI involving injury, vehicular manslaughter, or DUI on a suspended license, the court might determine that this is a crime of moral turpitude. It will depend on the severity of the actions involved in the DUI case.
The State Department Considers DUIs to Be a Health Issue
There is another way that a DUI could result in deportation or other immigration consequences – if you have many DUIs, even if some or all of them occurred outside of the United States. This is because the State Department considers DUIs to be a health issue because they involve addiction issues. They, therefore, might reject an application or revoke a visa due to DUI issues.
Contact a DUI Attorney Today for Help
If you have been charged with a DUI and need help, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055. We can help with the legal issues, immigration issues, and other issues. We will start with a free legal consultation during which we will get the basics of your case. We can answer your questions, address your issues, and determine the likely defense options.
The first step is for you to contact us. We are standing by to listen to you and find the best way to fight for the best possible outcome.