As someone who is in the United States on a Green Card, it’s important that you don’t get yourself into trouble with the law. Unfortunately, if you do get a DUI, then you could face serious charges and penalties. You could end up paying high fines and even be denied admission to the U.S. in some cases.
A DUI conviction is something to fight against if you’re trying to come to the United States. Though a standard DUI with no crash or injuries may not impact your immigration applications or right to stay in the country, more serious situations, such as driving while intoxicated with children in your vehicle or causing injuries or deaths, could have some implications.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced in 2019 that having two or more DUI convictions could affect good moral character requirements that people must pass to immigrate to the U.S. If this happens, you should know that you have a right to present evidence that you still had good moral character during that time. That evidence may help support your case and keep you eligible for the Green Card or other immigration document you’re seeking.
If you are facing a DUI charge, what should you do?
To start with, remember that there may be a language barrier if English is not your first language. As a result of that barrier, you may find it difficult to fully understand the charges or potential penalties. To help avoid that scenario, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a bilingual attorney who can speak both your native language and English fluently. This will assist you in understanding the case better as well as help you explain what happened in a language that comes naturally to you.
You do need to defend yourself against a DUI, even if it’s your first charge. The circumstances you’ve found yourself in are complex, so it’s smart to get to know your rights and to make sure you have someone supporting you who is familiar with the state laws as well as the immigration policies that could be impacted if you are convicted of a crime.