Immigrants who have committed serious crimes or been charged with a serious crime may face deportation. Because there may be immigration consequences associated with criminal charges, it is important for those impacted to understand the charges and process and what they can do about it.
Crimes of mortal turpitude are considered the most serious and may be a reason for deportation. Crimes of moral turpitude are considered crimes that shock the conscious. They can include child or spousal abuse; murder or voluntary manslaughter; robbery or theft; aggravated theft; rape; or kidnapping. A variety of other crimes, including felonies, and others, such as carrying a concealed weapon or perjury, or drug charges may also lead to the threat of deportation.
Depending on their status, immigrants may face different consequences associated with criminal charges or felony criminal charges. Resting upon if the immigrant is a legal permanent resident, refugee, asylum seeker, non-citizen with temporary lawful status or non-citizen without legal status, they may face specific consequences. All may, however, face deportation, removal and the uncertainty and strain that accompanies the process. As a result, it is important for immigrants to understand how criminal charges or a criminal conviction may impact their immigration status. Tax evasion or filing a false tax return can also result in threats of deportation and the removal process.
Both criminal charges and the deportation process need to be taken seriously. Those facing immigration status concerns based on criminal charges should be familiar with the legal protections and resources available to them.