If you get convicted of possessing of cocaine, you could be deported.
Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
A conviction for possession of cocaine makes you deportable and inadmissible to the United States. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review your criminal and immigration histories and advise you about your case. It is inadvisable to travel before doing so.
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I believe your question is whether you can naturalize as US Citizen despite your cocaine possession arrest. My first question would be whether you were convicted (this includes an ¨adjudication withheld¨disposition) and, if so, the date of your conviction. I would not travel if I were you, as a conviction for cocaine possession would render you inadmissible. Even if you were not convicted, you may have issues with your N-400 and admissibility. I suggest you have a personal consultation with an immigration lawyer experienced in matters relating to the immigration consequences of criminal activity. This way you can explore your options and make an informed decision. Best of luck to you.
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