Crimes of Moral Turpitude
Crimes of moral turpitude – this is a topic that is very important to both criminal defense lawyers and immigration attorneys. There are certain instances where a negative encounter with law enforcement can cause grave results for an individual’s plans of becoming a United States citizen. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act § 237 and § 212, certain crimes of moral turpitude may bar an individual from applying for a green card, or may cause lawful permanent residents to be removed.
What is a “Crime of Moral Turpitude”
There is no precise definition for what falls under this category, as most of what qualifies as a crime of mortal turpitude has been determined by case law from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). A crime of moral turpitude is considered separately from how the criminal justice system views the same exact charge. Crimes of moral turpitude are said to have an inherent quality of baseness, vileness, or depravity, with respect to a person’s duty to another, or to society in general.
Examples of What is Considered to be a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude
It is important to note that each offense is considered on a case-by-case basis, so the same exact crime may or may not be considered to be a crime of moral turpitude by an immigration judge in different circumstances. While this list is not exhaustive, it does provide some insight for what an immigration judge may consider to be a crime involving moral turpitude:
- Controlled substance violations;
- Voluntary Manslaughter;
- Domestic Violence;
- Human Trafficking;
- Conspiracy / Attempt to commit a crime of moral turpitude
Developing a Legal Strategy
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime which might affect their immigration status, it is very important to seek an experienced criminal defense attorney and immigration attorney as soon as possible. A conviction could have bitter consequences, so it is important not to waste any precious time. The attorneys at Gilles Law, PLLC are here to assist.
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