Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers Discuss How a DUI/DWI Can Impact Green Card Status

If you have been granted a green card, you are considered a permanent resident of the United States. However, it is possible for your green card to be revoked if you find yourself in trouble with the law. Depending on the crime committed, you may be called into immigration court, where a judge will consider your defense and make a decision as to whether or not you will be able to keep your green card and stay in the country. If the judge feels that there are grounds for deportation, your green card can be revoked.

Although it is not unheard of, having one or more DUIs will not automatically get you deported. A judge will take a number of factors into consideration when hearing the details of the case, including whether certain aggravating factors were involved. For example, if an individual is charged with a DUI while driving with a suspended license or with a child present in the vehicle, these are considered aggravating factors. As such, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may find that you have committed a crime of moral turpitude (CMT). If you committed a CMT within five years of being admitted into the United States, it could be enough to make you deportable.

Your green card status can also be revoked if you already have another CMT on your record. Other offenses that can get you into legal hot water include a DUI that involves a controlled substance rather than alcohol. In addition, if someone was injured or killed as a result of the DUI, you could be charged with aggravated assault or negligent homicide, which can result in deportation.

It is not uncommon for USCIS agent to visit prisons in an effort to determine if non-citizens are being held there. When appropriate, agents may initiate removal proceedings.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Advocate for Those Facing Green Card Issues

 For many immigrants, a green card is their ticket to a better life. A DUI/DWI conviction can not only jeopardize a person’s green card status, but also increase the potential for deportation. Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. have a vast knowledge of the immigration process and a proven track record for protecting the rights of our clients. For a confidential consultation, call us today at 215-925-4435 or contact us online. Our offices are located in Center City, Philadelphia where we are easily accessible by public transportation.