Usually, the phrase ‘crimes of moral turpitude’ will come up when somebody wants to obtain or keep a US green card but has committed a very specific crime. If you are somebody who has a visa or green card, you could suddenly become deportable if you commit one of these serious laws. But how are these crimes defined and what should you expect in your case?
Crimes of Moral Turpitude
Crimes of moral turpitude are usually those where somebody acted with evil intent or they acted in a reckless manner, to the point where it harmed society. If the crime is morally wrong or perhaps did something nasty to another party, then it might fall into this category – but that is usually for the courts to decide.
There are many “CMTs” as our courts call them, which include some of the following:
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Spousal abuse
- Child abuse
In the past, the former attorney general allowed immigration officials to look at the full record of a defendant. However, in 2015, things changed. Now, all courts and officials can consider is assessing whether or not a crime involves moral turpitude. They will look at the language of the specific criminal statute under which the person was convicted.
You have rights when it comes to your case. We want to ensure that you get the most out of your case and that you do not lose any rights and face deportation during a difficult time. Call us for more information today at the Law Office of Peter Blair.