Immigration Consequences for the Fresno DUI Defendant

Jan 26, 2014

Justin Bieber's recent arrest for DUI, racing and other charges raises a familiar spectacle that happens all to often when it comes to DUI related charges.   Many DUI and criminal charges in general can result in terrible immigration consequences.  Since Justin Bieber is a Canadian citizen on an entertainer's visa, his recent antics could end up resulting in his visa being revoked or denied if he were to reapply in the future. 

Although Mr. Bieber is a unique individual, his immigration situation is not.  As Fresno DUI Lawyers, we have many clients who are in the same boat.  It becomes extremely important to be aware of the immigration consequences that face your clients on a DUI charge.  Especially, since there are other charges that are many times, "tagging along," with the DUI. 

Mr. Bieber's case is very similar to many defendants as there is often a suspended license charge with the DUI.  At least one immigration court has found that a DUI and knowingly driving on suspended license is a moral turpitude offense that could have a profound immigration effect.  (Matter of Lopez-Meza, 22 I&N Dec. 1188 (BIA 1999).)  In addition, pleading to a felony DUI that results in a conviction could also result in deportation. 

In addition, the United States Supreme Court has held that criminal practitioners must be aware of the immigration consequences and have an affirmative duty to inform their clients of the immigration impact.  So staying blissfully ignorant is no longer an option.  As a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fresno, you must be aware of these consequences and take the time to inform your client.




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