Many non-U.S. Citizens, also known as foreign nationals, live in the United States. Many of these people are here legally as a permanent resident or with a green card, allowing them to work in the U.S. for long periods of time or permanently and have the same rights as Americans have. Other non-citizens are here illegally and could be deported or removed from the United States when they commit a crime. This means that the federal government can make the decision to send you back to your country and keep you from entering a number of years or indefinitely.
What Crimes Make me Deportable?
If you are not a citizen, there are a variety of crimes that may make you deportable under California law. This includes the following:
Crimes of Moral Turpitude: If you have been convicted of a CIMT, you could be deported. This is an act that is base, depraved, dishonest, or vile. This could include crimes like murder, rape, DUI, fraud, assault, and arson.
Aggravated Felonies: There are handfuls of crimes that constitute an aggravated felony, like murder, rape, and other crimes of violence. It does not matter how long you have been in the U.S., if you are charged with one of these crimes, you could face deportation.
Failure to Register: If you are required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and fail to do so, you could be deported.
Drug-Related Crimes: If you are caught selling, distributing, or possessing an illegal drug, you could be deported. Even something as discreet as a confession or evidence of drug use on a medical report could be enough of a tip to land you in trouble.
Crimes of Domestic Violence: If you committed a crime of violence against a former spouse, a parent of a child, or any person you live with, you could be deported.
It is important to understand these laws and prevent a deportable crime from happening in the first place, because you may never earn your right to come back to the United States once it is lost. This will be solely dependent on the crime that you committed when you were deported. You may have to wait several years to hear anything regarding this. Talk to us today to find out how you can protect your rights. We will answer all of your questions involving deportation and how we can assist you.