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I recently moved to the US (Jan 2010) from the UK to work on an H1B visa.
Last week I was stopped whilst driving a rental car for failing to stop at a crosswalk and unfortunately arrested and charged for a DUI offence.
I don't use a car to drive to/from work and was irresponsible enough not to realise that I should have applied for a California licence since my arrival from the UK.
When I rented the vehicle for my vacation, I was under the impression that I was fit to drive using my UK licence.
I have hired a DUI defence lawyer but my question is do I also need to hire an Immigration lawyer before my court hearing?
I am extremely worried that the additional charge of 'unlicenced driver' I face is considered to be moral turpitude from an immigration perspective and I may be deported.Thank-you so much for the very informative responses. It has put my mind at rest for the time being. Incidentally, when I gave my address to the police officer, I gave my mailing address at my place of work in California. I was subsequently charged with not having a California licence, but my residence is actually in Florida, so I am not sure if this charge is valid.
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