I was not guilty of the crime, the public defender did nothing and there were no evidences produced by the district attorney. so the judge reduced it to disorderly conduct. can i still apply for naturalization or can they deport me. i have a clean record otherwise
This will not legally bar you from becoming naturalized; however, it certainly will make things more difficult than if you hadn't been arrested as larceny is considered a crime of moral turpitude. You need to hire an immigration lawyer to help you navigate this problem as it will have to be revealed and explained.
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Whether you can apply for naturalization depends on how long ago this happened. Naturalization requires good moral character for the five year period before you apply.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts and advise you accordingly.
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The disorderly conduct is a violation and not a crime. You don’t have a criminal record so I don’t think they will deport you. Becoming naturalized is a different story. The Feds will be able to see that you were arrested and they will know what the arrest was for. A larceny offense is a crime of moral turpitude which is something that may very well work against you. You should speak with an immigration attorney before you do anything.
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