California is proud to have a large and diverse immigrant population, many
of whom obtain California driver’s licenses. Once immigrants obtain
their licenses, they are expected to adhere to and abide by California’s
driving laws, some of which prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Whether you are applying for a green card (lawful permanent resident status),
or are already a green card holder, being convicted of
DUI (or several drunk driving convictions) can impact your future in the United States.
Under certain circumstances, a DUI can either prevent you from obtaining
a green card, or it can cause you to be removed (deported) from the United
States. If you’re already have a green card, a DUI can bar you from
becoming a U.S. citizen.
What DUI Stands For
In California, DUI stands for “driving under the influence”
of alcohol, drugs (including prescription medications), or another controlled
A simple first DUI may not lead to removal proceedings, but if someone
else was injured or killed, or if the permanent resident has multiple
DUI convictions, or if there’s another aggravating factor, the DUI
could lead to removal proceedings.
If you’re an immigrant who was arrested for DUI in Orange County,
it may or may not affect your immigration status. It depends on a variety
of factors, such as:
- Whether you have prior DUI convictions
If your current charge is a
If your DUI was
drug-related (drug cases often lead to removal)
- If you have a record of previous felony convictions
- If you have committed crimes of moral turpitude
- If a child was in your vehicle at the time of the offense
If anyone was
injured or killed because of the DUI incident
- If you have committed a violent crime in the U.S.
If this is your first DUI offense, and you do not have a criminal record
history and there were no aggravated factors present, you should not face
However, if you have multiple DUIs, or if your DUI was considered serious,
for example, you caused a serious injury accident, then you could be deported
and you could be barred from returning to the U.S. for a long time.
DUI Defense for Permanent Residents
If you are applying for a green card, or already have one and was recently
arrested for DUI in Orange County,
contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. We can provide you with the
hard-hitting defense you and your family needs!