This blog is only a reference regarding what can cause you to be deported or denied admission to the United States if you find yourself in the Criminal Justice System in the District of Columbia or the State of Maryland. Ultimately you should speak to your Criminal attorney regarding whether your arrest triggers this immigration issue. When you hire a criminal lawyer to handle your criminal case in the District of Columbia or Maryland he/she should know what can cause deportation or denial entry into the United States.
If you are currently lawfully admitted to the United States then 8 USC§ 1227(a)(2), applies. Essentially, if you a commit a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT) you can be deported if you commit any CIMT within 5 years of admission to the U.S. with possible sentence greater than 1 year. You can be deported if you commit more than one CIMT.
The following offenses will get you deported if you are lawfully admitted to the United States:
If you are seeking admission or an adjustment of status to the United States then 8 USC§ 1182(a)(2), applies. If you commit a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT) you may be denied entry into the United States. There is one exception to the rule for a petty offense. There will be no action taken if admit or convicted one CIMT if not punishable by greater than 1 year and actual sentence imposed of 6 months or less, including suspended time.
The following offenses will deny your entry or deny your status change if convicted or admit guilt to:
Entered without Inspection or Overstayed on Visa
(1) Already removable, for lack of lawful status
(2) Grounds of deportabilty apply if previously lawfully admitted (i.e. on a visa)
(3) Grounds of inadmissibility apply if seeking to or may subsequently seek to adjustment lawful permanent residence
(4) Criminal bars to relief from removal are relevant if eligible for relief from removal
(5)Enforcement priorities may impact the likelihood of apprehension by immigration authorities
Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), Asylee, Refugee, In- status Visa Holder, etc.