Can a criminal charge lead to deportation?

Becoming a United States citizen may be a difficult process that takes years to complete. After getting citizenship you may believe that you are safe from deportation—unfortunately, that might not be the case. Even with a visa or green card, you could be deported if you are convicted of a crime.

Not all crimes automatically lead to deportation, but some do.

What crimes could get you deported?

You may be more or less likely to get deported based on the crime committed and your immigration status. Each case may vary slightly.

It is common practice to contact an attorney after any criminal charge, but it may be especially helpful to contact an attorney that has experience with criminal law and immigration law if you are fearful that the crime could affect your citizenship.

Here is a list of crimes that could lead to deportation:

  • Murder
  • Drug trafficking
  • Firearm/weapon trafficking
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Tax evasion/fraud
  • Child abuse
  • Rape

The above crimes are not the only criminal activities that could lead to deportation. On the other hand, these crimes may not always lead to deportation. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service may consider a multitude of factors on a case by case basis when determining if there is cause for deportation.

What can you do?

Immigration law is complex. Deportation may be determined based on immigration status, the criminal charge and other factors. Understand that evading authorities could make your situation worse.

The possibility of deportation may be frightening for you and your loved ones. Luckily, there are people willing to help you defend your case.