Not only is Orange County an ethnically diverse area, but all of California
is, especially with our close proximity to Mexico. Since our
DUI defense firm is located in South Orange County, which is hours away from the Mexican
Border, we represent a number of Mexican immigrants who are lawful permanent
residents (Green Card holders), but we also represent other foreign nationals
as well who are facing DUI charges.
Since immigration is a hot topic right now, a lot of Orange County residents
are concerned about how a DUI might affect their immigration status, or
how it will affect a loved one’s ability to visit the U.S. and apply
for a visa or a Green Card, and understandably so.
Suppose your loved one wants to come to the U.S. to visit you and possibly
stay permanently; however, they have a DUI (or equivalent) in their home
country. Will a recent
DUI conviction bar your relative from visiting you in the United States? Read
on as we answer this question.
Is a DUI Grounds for Denied Entry?
According to the
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a single DUI conviction is not typically grounds to bar someone from
entering the United States. However, if an immigrant has multiple DUI
convictions, or if the individual has a DUI conviction and other misdemeanor
convictions, he or she would be considered “inadmissible.”
In that case, the individual would have to obtain a
waiver before they were able to enter the U.S. lawfully.
A person may not enter the U.S. if they have been convicted of a crime
of moral turpitude. While DUI is not usually considered a “crime
of moral turpitude,” the following crimes are and would deem the
- Manslaughter and murder
As of this writing, DUI is not a “crime of moral turpitude,”
meaning a single DUI conviction is not going to make someone inadmissible
to the U.S. But as we mentioned above, if someone has multiple DUIs on
their record, or if they have a DUI conviction, along with other misdemeanor
they can be barred from entering the United States.
Looking for an Orange County DUI defense attorney?
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a free consultation!