thanks for clarifying the confusing terms. Your case sounds like a CIMT-Crime involving moral turpitude, i..e. a bad and deprived deed, i.e. theft. If you travel outside the US it could be a problem and make you inadmissible, ie not allowed to re-enter the US. Is the probation for 1 year? Try to get it under 1 year even if only 364 days. Consult a competent immigration attorney to carefully review the plea agreement.
I agree with my colleague.
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If you are convicted as you described this is considered a crime involving moral turpitude and will impact your status in United States. You should work with a criminal defense lawyer and an immigration attorney to obtain a result in criminal proceedings that will not affect your immigration status.
You should ensure that your petty theft cannot carry a year or more as a potential penalty as that becomes a deportable offense and you should review your conviction with an immigration lawyer before traveling abroad.
I agree with my colleagues. You should consult an experienced immigration attorney for this matter. You may schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in your area, my firm is handling these matters in New York. If you would like free legal updates on these immigration issues you may sign up for our newsletter at http://www.shautsova.com .
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Don't panic, but consult with a good immigration attorney immediately so that you know your risks and options. Depending on the statute you were convicted under, your problems may be relatively minor.
You should always consult with an experienced immigration attorney to make certain that the advice you received is appropriate for your particular immigration case.