Often revered as the “greatest nation,” the United States is a dream destination in which many people wish to reside. A lot of people hope to secure a Permanent Resident Card or Green Card through an asylum request or visa program. A Green Card allows an individual to stay in the U.S. for an indefinite period of time. Once someone is considered a lawful permanent resident, they are entitled to many additional rights and protections that those who are here on visas do not get to enjoy. However, it’s important to note that just because someone has a Green Card, they are not immune to being deported. There are still situations in which someone with a Green Card can be deported.
Who Can Be Deported?
Sometimes people make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes constitute an illegal act. Lawful permanent residents (those with a Green Card) are given some grace if they should make a minor criminal mistake. They often will carry out their given sentence for their crime, pay the required fine, and move forward. However, when such an individual continues to commit the same or similar offense or is charged with a serious crime or a crime of “moral turpitude,” they could be subject to deportation.
What is a Crime of Moral Turpitude?
While it has been established that lawful permanent residents can commit certain offenses that may lead to deportation, there is no federal list of the specific offenses that qualify. So, what is a crime of moral turpitude? Such a crime is generally anything that would offend the average person’s sense of morality.
Crimes of moral turpitude may include violent crimes, drug crimes (whether violent or not), and crimes against children or the elderly. Much of the decision as to whether someone should be deported rests in the hands of the judge who is given significant discretion. This is why the case that you present in court is so important.
You Have the Right to Defend Yourself
When an immigrant with a visa or a permanent resident card is facing a legal issue including criminal charges, it’s in his or her best interest to get legal help. This can be the difference between staying in the United States or being deported. Even those who have already pled guilty or are facing the threat of deportation due to a prior conviction should consult with an immigration attorney to best defend themselves.
The Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman Helps Those in California Who Are Charged with a Crime and/or Are Facing Deportation
If you or a loved one is an immigrant who has been charged with a crime and/or is facing deportation, there is so much at stake. It can be extremely intimidating to handle the situation on your own. You usually only get one real opportunity to defend your residence in the U.S. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced San Bernardino and Riverside immigration attorney who understands what you are up against and will work hard to fight for your rights.
At the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman, our San Bernardino and Riverside immigration attorneys will work to help you through these issues. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!