Moral Turpitude Crimes
Moral Turpitude Crimes Overview
Crimes of Moral Turpitude Attorney What is a crime of moral turpitude? Crimes of moral turpitude are crimes that tend to show a person’s dishonesty or their “readiness to do evil”. Typical crimes of moral turpitude that show dishonesty include theft, burglary, forgery, check fraud. Crimes of moral turpitude that show a “readiness to do evil” include sex crimes, domestic violence with injury and deadly threats. Why are crimes of moral turpitude significant? Crimes of moral turpitude are significant for three reasons. First, they can have an impact on your immigration status. Second, they can have an impact on your professional license. Third, they can be used by the prosecution to impeach your testimony if you testify as a witness, including if you testify as a defendant in a criminal case. It is important to note that a crime of moral turpitude for immigration purposes is not necessarily a crime of moral turpitude for licensing consequences and testifying as a witness. Although many crimes of moral turpitude are the same for all these categories, there are some crimes that are considered crimes of moral turpitude in the immigration context, but not the criminal context, and vice-versa. What is the impact of crimes of moral turpitude on my immigration status? There are many different types of crimes that lead to immigration consequences. One type of crime is a crime of moral turpitude. A person with two convictions, after admission, for crimes of moral turpitude is subject to deportation. A person with only one conviction, after admission, for a crime of moral turpitude is subject to deportation if the crime was committed within 5 years of admission AND the maximum possible sentence for the crime is at least one year. Furthermore, one conviction for a crime of moral turpitude makes a person inadmissible, unless they qualify for either the Petty Offense Exception, pursuant to 8 USC 1182(a)(2)(A)(ii)(II) or the Youthful Offender Exception, pursuant to 8 USC 1182(a)(2)(A)(ii)(I). Some crimes qualify for more than one category for immigration purposes. For example, drug sales is both a drug crime (which is terrible for immigration purposes) and a crime of moral turpitude. You need to hire a criminal defense attorney that has experience in immigration consequences to explain the process and assist you the best defense possible. What is the impact of crimes of moral turpitude for professional licensing? Any conviction for a crime can have consequences on a person’s profession, but crimes of moral turpitude are usually crimes that indicate a person is either dishonest or evil. Either way, most professions do not want dishonest or evil people in their ranks. As such, a crime of moral turpitude can lead to revocation of a professional license or denial of the license in the first place. Crimes of moral turpitude can affect any type of professional license, including teachers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lawyers, contractors, financial analysts and accountants. What is the impact of crimes of moral turpitude on testifying? Any witness who testifies in court can be impeached if they have a crime of moral turpitude on their record. A witness with a DUI conviction or a possession of marijuana conviction is not necessarily a dishonest person, because drinking and driving or possessing marijuana does not implicate a person’s honesty. However, crimes such as burglary, theft and fraud are all crimes that imply a person is dishonest. When a witness testifies, the jury is entitled to know whether that witness is an honest person, and the opposing side can undermine their honesty by revealing whether that witness has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude. The Right Lawyer Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer will be the most important decision someone can make when any facing any crime of moral turpitude. Many people who face crimes of moral turpitude are good people who made a mistake or exercised poor judgment. There are also some people who have been wrongfully accused of a crime of moral turpitude, based on a misunderstanding or false evidence. You need an attorney who will listen to your side of the story carefully, who will evaluate the evidence thoroughly, who will negotiate with the judge and the District Attorney’s office skillfully, and who will fight in trial aggressively. You need attorney Fred Thiagarajah. As a former Deputy District Attorney, Fred Thiagarajah has the negotiating skills and trial experience necessary to get the best results for his clients, for criminal cases and immigration consequences. For an example of his work, please see his case results and read his client testimonials. With offices in Newport Beach, Beverly Hills and Riverside, Fred Thiagarajah has criminal defense experience in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.