Many people come to see us because they are very surprised that Immigration is seeking to deport them over being convicted of crimes that they consider to be relatively minor. Unfortunately, this often occurs because their criminal defense attorneys prevail upon them to enter into plea bargains without first contacting an Immigration attorney to advise them regarding the immigration consequences of their plea in the criminal court.
A crime of moral turpitude is usually referred to as a CIMT by Immigration attorneys and judges. CIMT's are certain crimes that can lead to deportation. To be deported for a CIMT, you have to be convicted under federal law. There are many convictions under state laws that do not qualify as convictions for CIMT purposes under federal law.
To subject you to deportation, the CIMT conviction must:
Be for an offense carrying a maximum possible sentence of one year or more,
You have to have committed that offense within five years after the date of your admission.