DUI/DWI and Immigration Implications
A DUI conviction for an immigrant in the United States can have severe negative effects on their lives.
How does a DUI conviction affect someone's chances of gaining a visa or citizenship in the U.S.?The immigration process in the United States is a very involved and lengthy process. Individuals who are awaiting citizenship or are in this country using a temporary visa will face serious consequences if convicted of a DUI or DWI. It is already tough enough to obtain citizenship in the United States as an immigrant, so you do not want to give the U.S. government any reason to deny you. A drunk driving conviction (DUI or DWI) can negatively affect whether the government grants you citizenship or denies it. It is important that you hire an experienced DUI/DWI attorney who can work with the prosecutor to avoid having a criminal conviction on you record. For those individuals who do not speak English, it is imperative that you seek a law firm with several multilingual (Spanish, Chinese, Korean) paralegals to assist you. Also, remember that if you only speak a language other than English, the officer who pulls you over for a possible DUI/DWI must obtain an interpreter to go over your rights and advise you about what is happening during the field sobriety tests, as well as the breathalyzer test.
How does a DUI conviction affect an immigrant's status in the U.S. after they have obtained a visa or entered illegally?A drunk driving conviction does not only affect an individual's ability to gain citizenship in the United States, but it also can lead to being deported if you are here on a temporary visa or are here illegally. United States immigration laws allow the government to remove or deport any individuals with a temporary visa or no documentation at all who commit criminal offenses. Drunk driving offenses, such as DUI and DWI in Maryland, are serious criminal charges especially if someone is killed as a result of the offense. Again, it is important to hire an experienced DUI/DWI attorney in Maryland if you are in the United States on a temporary visa and are charged with a DUI or DWI in order to avoid deportation or removal. An experienced attorney can work with the prosecutor to try and avoid a conviction to prevent being deported.
Why you need to hire an experienced DUI attorney?If you have been arrested for a DUI/DWI it is important that you consult an experienced Maryland DUI attorney immediately because DUI is a criminal offense and carries potentially severe penalties. An experienced attorney can guide you through the court process and find any possible defenses that can either mitigate the penalties in the case, or in some instances, lead to an acquittal or dismissal.