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Can I Be Deported for DWI?

Texas has a significant immigrant population, and every day immigrants are faced with deportation issues. If you are a lawful permanent resident (a Green Card holder), and you were recently arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), you may be wondering, “Can a DWI conviction place me into removal proceedings?” This is a valid concern and you should be worried about this.

Generally, a simple, first-time DWI offense will not subject a permanent resident to removal proceedings. However, if someone else was injured or killed, or if it was a drug-related DWI, then it is possible that an immigration judge will decide to have the immigrant removed from the United States.

Crimes of Moral Turpitude

The United States has little tolerance for immigrants who break U.S. laws. In order to live and work in the United States, and apply for citizenship, foreign nationals basically need to abide by the state and federal laws of the United States. When an immigrant commits, what’s called a “crime of moral turpitude,” it can subject him or her to removal or deportation proceedings.

Crimes of moral turpitude go against the mores of society, and they are considered particularly serious and “depraved.” Examples of crimes of moral turpitude, include:

While misdemeanor DWI won’t usually lead to deportation proceedings, a drug-related DWI, or a felony DWI definitely can. Often, it comes down to the nature of the DWI offense, the immigrant’s criminal record, and the skill of the DUI defense attorney.

If you, or someone you love is facing criminal charges in the Greater Dallas Area, we urge you to contact our firm 24/7 to arrange a free consultation with Attorney Peter Barrett.