I was in a stor took something out by an accident but when I found out I didn’t go back to return it , they arrested me , , the only thing I said was : I Didn’t mean to! But they found me guilty and I did 100 hours Volunteering! And case dismissed from my records! Am I going to have problems applying for my citizenship? If yes what are those?
I think the "trespassing" case was really shoplifting, so yes, that will be a problem as it is crime of moral turpitude. Speak to an experienced immigration attorney about exactly what you can do, if anything, to explain this in the correct manner in your citizenship application.
QUIT STEALING. This is an immigration matter--editing the practice area.
SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY--20 years experience
Your shoplifting matter might have been reduced to trespassing. In any case, you should speak with an immigration attorney.
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL, DUI AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY- 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Even though your criminal case was "dismissed," it stands as a "conviction" for immigration purposes. So, you'd have to disclose this case on your N-400 case. If this incident (petty theft-turned-trespassing) happened in the 5-year statutory period (3-year, if applying as a spouse of US citizen) or if you had been on the probation for most of the same period, then your naturalization application can be denied for lack of good moral character. You should go over your criminal/immigration records with an immigration attorney before you file N-400.
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