Will A DUI Cause Deportation? It Is Possible!

Visas are issued to immigrants and nonimmigrants based on their qualifications and are typically valid for a specific length of time. During that time, visa holders are expected to obey the law. Failure to do so could result in an order of removal. Most serious crimes will automatically require the surrender of your visa. Many people wonder: will a DUI cause deportation? Driving under the Influence (DUI) is considered a crime, and it may be serious enough to warrant removal.

Felonies Are Grounds for Deportation

In general, the conviction of a felony is cause for deportation. Felonies are serious crimes. DUI is not typically considered a felony. However, it may constitute a more serious crime depending on the circumstances. For example, if the DUI resulted in a severe accident with injuries or death, the crime may be deemed more than a misdemeanor. Those who are convicted of felony crimes are subject to removal.

Grounds for Removal of Immigrants

There are some reasons that immigrants may be subject to removal. These reasons, or grounds, are usually associated with criminal activity. Commission of a crime with a firearm, and other aggravated felonies, are usually cause for immediate removal action. Other reasons for removal include treason, murder, selling drugs, fraud or deceit, perjury, and bribery among others. DUI is not usually listed among these grounds but, in some cases, a DUI conviction can lead to deportation.

Deportation of Immigrants without Documentation

Although an offense may not be severe enough to warrant deportation action, an immigrant may be found to be undocumented. Undocumented immigrants are those who are in the United States without authorization. These immigrants are subject to deportation at any time. If you are stopped for a traffic violation, DUI, or any other reason, you could be detained if you do not produce proper paperwork.

Resolving Issues of Removal or Deportation

Those who are being held for deportation, or are in fear of removal, are advised to seek legal assistance. An immigration attorney is knowledgeable of the many options available to immigrants and the ways in which to prevent removal. There are often ways to obtain a visa, or appeal visa denials in order to remain in the United States. If you were convicted of a DUI or felony, contact the legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to discuss the options that are available to help you fight deportation.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Will a DUI Cause Deportation, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.