What am I looking at for potential penalties? How will this affect renewal of my F-1 visa?

Arrested for DUI on Saturday, BAC was 0.17, 2-car accident but no one was injured. On F-1 visa, honors student with high GPA, graduating this May, no criminal record, only traffic violation I have was a speeding ticket 5-10 mph over. Will very likely return to the university next year for Master's, so I will need to get a new F-1 visa.

Ann Arbor, MI -

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Carl Michael Shusterman

Carl Michael Shusterman

Immigration Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Answered

A DUI is not considered a "crime of moral turpitude". You should be able to renew your F-1 visa.

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Alexander Joseph Segal

Alexander Joseph Segal

Immigration Attorney - New York, NY
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Nothing really, if you stay away from trouble in the future.

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Rebecca Sue Lair

Rebecca Sue Lair

Immigration Attorney - Lansing, MI
Answered

A single DUI will GENERALLY not make you inadmissible for criminal reasons. However, at some consulates, a DUI may prompt them to consider whether you are an alcoholic and inadmissible for medical reasons.

*This is not intended as legal advice. Individuals should consult an attorney to review individual circumstances... more
Pradeek Susheelan

Pradeek Susheelan

Immigration Attorney - Atlanta, GA
Answered

You should be fine a single DUI does not generally have any immigration consequences. Neither does a speeding ticket.

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