A Washington DUI or physical control arrest can have potential immigration consequences if you are not a United States citizen.
The impact of an arrest on your ability to remain in the U.S. may depend on your specific immigration status and the ultimate resolution of your case. We regularly consult with an experienced immigration attorney for our non-citizen clients who are facing criminal charges like DUI.
The immigration laws of the United States are complicated and constantly evolving. Currently, a conviction for DUI is not definde by immigration law as a "crime of moral turpitude" and not considered an "aggravated felony" and there fore will not require deportation or exclusion from the United States. However, a DUI conviction can have significant impact on your application for citizenship or a green card.
It is also very important to understand that a reduction to reckless driving, while typically considered a favorable result in a DUI case, can have serious immigration consequences for non-citizens. We routinely consult with an experienced immigration attorney when determining the appropriate resolution of a criminal case. Learn more about Reckless Driving / Racing Charges.