Will a DUI Affect My Immigration Status?
Now, let me be the first to tell you that I am not an immigration attorney. And if you have specific questions concerning your immigration status, and if you’re facing a DUI, then I would suggest that you do confer or consult with an immigration attorney or an attorney who specializes in immigration.
However, I can tell you that based upon my years of experience working in criminal law, a DUI can potentially affect citizenship.
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Now, not all DUIs are treated equally.
It really depends upon the type of DUI that you’re facing when it comes to addressing citizenship issues.
For instance, if you’re looking at a misdemeanor DUI, then that’s not necessarily going to trigger deportation or removal proceedings.
However, if you’re looking at a felony DUI, then the analysis changes. For a felony DUI, you could potentially be looking at deportation or removal.
So you always want to make sure that you understand the difference as to whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony DUI when assessing immigration and potential citizenship issues.
Another issue that comes up regarding citizenship is:
How can I apply for citizenship if I’m still on probation for a dui?
And this is something that could affect you in terms of trying to get your US citizenship.
So, for instance, if you’re still on probation for a DUI, even if it was for a misdemeanor, and let’s say that you’re applying for US citizenship, it’s going to be difficult to get US citizenship while you’re still on probation.
And that’s something that we would have to analyze together in terms of trying to get you on the right track of getting citizenship.
And of course, over the years, I’ve worked with some of the best immigration attorneys to make sure that I help my clients in the criminal sector while still giving them the help that they need with the immigration consequences.
So if you have any questions or if you’re still confused about whether you’re facing a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI and how it would affect potential citizenship, please make sure to give us a call and we’d be happy to sit down with you and give you a free legal consultation.