Can I apply for citizenship if i....

Asked over 1 year ago - Fort Pierce, FL

in 2009 , plead guilty to selling alcohol to a minor. paid fines and no probation.(as i remember)
In 2010 was arrested for Battery (DV) and Felony(Violation of restraining order) but both were dropped by the same girl whom file them. Got Nolle Proeseque on both cases without trial.
I am worried that this may become a problem in citizenship process that i have to do in september. I am working as a TRANSLATOR for US forces in afganistan since 2011 as a private contractor with Department of Defence. Being able to get this job after being interviewd by intellegence agancies, gives me hope and that this job may also have positive affect on my record . Need your advice and guidance .

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Also i have some paper work that supports my side of story regarding arrests and that girl taking money from me during the restraining order in affect ( as i was in afganistan and she sent me pictures of a baby claiming it was mine. where in fact when i went back on leave ,long after the one year restraining order was over, i found out that she was not even pregnant to begin with ) Should i mention those things to immigration officer to show him/her the real side of the story or it may look more bad on me ?

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  1. Kara Lien Roberts

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    Answered . If you are eligible to apply for citizenship is something else to consider, but regarding the criminal issues alone, the 2009 charge is within the statutory period at this time (within five years from the date you apply for citizenship) and in most cases would not be considered a moral turpitude crime, but at times can be considered a CIMT. The 2010 case is unlikely to cause a major issue by itself based on your description of the outcome, but there may be other ways it could negatively impact you especially since if you were charged with violating a restraining order (this means something happened where one was granted against you and that something or somethings could be issues that negatively impact your ability to prove good moral character). Working as a translator for the US forces will not really matter one way or another with regards to applying for citizenship (many people think letters from the military or affiliated agencies will help get them processed faster and/or get more favorable decisions, but they only help if you are already in a situation where your good moral character is questionable and they do not make the process any faster for anyone).

    I would NOT recommend applying on your own just based on the criminal issues you have described. You need to consult with an immigration attorney or two to review your case and all documents associated and get a real assessment and real advice. It is in your interest to retain an attorney for your citizenship case.

  2. Theodore John Murphy

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    Answered . Yes you can apply for citizenship. You must show good moral character for the five years immediately preceding filing the application for citizenship. The events in 2010 are not a problem you will need certified records for all arrests or court cases even if charges were dismissed or dropped. You may wish to hire an attorney to help.

    The answer provided here is general in nature and does not take into account other factors that may need to be... more
  3. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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