Minor posession is a violation of the terms of your visa. Once you leave the USA you will be inadmissible and may not be re admitted. I strongly suggest you retain an attorney experienced in both criminal defense and immigration law.
If the amound exceeds 30 grams, this would be a deportable offense.
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Carl Shusterman, Esq.
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(213) 394-4554 x0 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.
Since immigration law is federal while criminal law is state law, certain crimes considered minor by state law standards have major immigration law consequences.
Nonimmigrant visas, like F1 and OPT are discretionary and a violation of the visa terms can render you inadmissible. Drug offenses, even marijuana, and offenses involving theft, etc. are examples of offenses treated more seriously in immigration law than in criminal law.
VERY IMPORTANT-- before getting your records sealed, get a complete court disposition. If you do not, you will need to reopen the records to get this.
Unless you are a US Citizen, everything has potential implications on immigration and you should always consult an immigration attorney.
Dhenu Savla, Esq.
This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship and is not meant to be relied upon as legal advice.
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