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What crimes can lead to deportation?

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The threat or worry over a possible deportation can be overwhelming and stressful for entire families. Anyone who may be faced with deportation or who is concerned over their status, or the status of a loved one, may want to understand what kind of crimes can lead to deportation. If you are arrested in Maryland, knowing what crimes can lead to possible deportation may help as you decide what kind of defense strategy to pursue.

If you are arrested for drug crimes or violent crimes, the move to deport could be set in motion. Some violent crimes that could result in deportation include aggravated felonies and domestic violence. Crimes involving firearms can also mean that steps toward deportation may be taken.

However, it should be noted that even non-violent crimes can lead to deportation. A drunk driving charge can open the door to deportation. Violating the immigration laws, such as having false documentation or illegally assisting others who are entering the country illegally, can also lead to deportation. Cases of fraud or crimes that are deemed crimes of moral turpitude are also grounds for the deportation process to begin.

The deportation process can be complex and time-consuming for the person who may have to leave the country. In Maryland, anyone at risk for deportation should understand his or her rights along with what to expect if the process is started. There are legal means to dealing with the threat of deportation, and an immigration lawyer may be able to outline potential strategies or a timeline if deportation is a possibility.

Source: Findlaw, "Criminal Convictions Have Devastating Consequences for Immigrants", , Aug. 24, 2014

Source: Findlaw, "Criminal Convictions Have Devastating Consequences for Immigrants", , Aug. 24, 2014

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