Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude: Deportable
A few weeks ago, in a prior blog, I mentioned that a conviction for or an admission to having committed a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) makes a person inadmissible to the US. Today, we look at the instances in which a CIMT will make a person deportable from the US after they have already been admitted. (CIMT definition)
There are two different instances in which CIMT’s will make someone deportable. In the first instance, the person has to have been convicted of committing a CIMT within 5 years after the date of admission and the crime must be one for which a sentence of one year or longer may be imposed. Keep in mind that it is not necessary for the person to actually be sentenced to one year or longer for the conviction of the CIMT to make the person deportable.
In addition, any person that has been convicted of 2 or more crimes involving moral turpitude is deportable.
Notice, that an admission to the commission of a CIMT will not make the person deportable.
Let’s consider the following situations:
Maria entered the US as a lawful permanent resident in 2003. In 2009, she was convicted of committing a CIMT in 2007. The crime she was convicted of had a maximum sentence of 5 years. As a result of a plea deal, Maria was sentenced to 6 months in prison. Maria is deportable.
Esteban is a lawful permanent resident. In 2003, he was convicted of committing a CIMT. Ten years later, Esteban was convicted of committing a CIMT. Esteban is deportable.
Determining whether a crime is a CIMT and will make someone deportable from the US requires a careful analysis of immigration law, criminal law, and court opinions. It is very important that anyone that has been convicted of committing a crime meet with an experienced attorney to discuss their options.
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