Hi - I would like to apply for citizenship. I got a DUI arrest three years ago (1st arrest ever, no one was hurt). I have not had any legal issues since then.
My case took three years to be processed due to issues at the local court (they can't afford to pay a full-time prosecutor due to budget issues). I was convicted.
My question is: the five years of good moral character start counting after the arrest or the conviction?
A DUI does not mean that you have a lack of good moral character. I would advise you to consult with an attorney in preparing and filing a naturalization application. So long as it has been adjudicated, you are not on probation at this time, and you do not have a drinking problem, then you should be able to naturalize. Best.
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