A conviction of a criminal offense is punishable by jail or prison time,
fines, and even a permanent criminal record. However, if an immigrant—including
those with lawful permanent residency—is convicted of a crime, he/she
could face removal proceedings or deportation.
Immigrants are subject to harsher criminal penalties compared to American
citizens. Even if it is a misdemeanor offense that doesn’t lead
to jail time, an immigrant can still be deported upon conviction.
The following are the types of crimes that can result in deportation:
Crimes of moral turpitude (CMTs) – While there isn’t a statutory definition, these types of
crimes involve evil, reckless, and/or morally-reprehensible conduct. Common
examples include manslaughter,
domestic violence, child abuse, kidnapping, robbery, incest, fraud,
theft, and conspiracy.
Aggravated felonies – These crimes are the most serious offenses in immigration law. Common examples
include murder, rape, drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, child pornography,
money laundering, sexual abuse of a minor, or a violent crime that results
in a one-year prison sentence.
Domestic violence crimes – Assault or any act of violence against a family member, spouse or partner,
or household occupant is considered domestic violence.
Drug crimes –Any form of a drug conviction can result in deportation, whether it’s
drug possession, possession with intent, sale or distribution, trafficking,
Firearms conviction – Illegal firearms possession or sales can lead to deportation.
If you are facing criminal conviction and deportation in Daytona Beach,
the Law Offices of Robert Stepniak can protect your rights, reputation,
Contact us at (386) 868-4771 and schedule a free consultation for more information.