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Getting a DUI Charge as an Undocumented Immigrant

December 18, 2019 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense  DUI  
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Will ICE be Alerted about Getting a DUI Charge as an Undocumented Immigrant?

Short answer for getting a DUI charge as an undocumented immigrant:

It’s Probable.

Here’s how:

  • The arresting officer or agency may alert ICE directly.
    (it varies, entirely at the discretion of the police)
  • Your criminal arrest will be entered into a computer database, and ICE may see it. (more likely)
  • Even after your case is over for many months, ICE may scan court records and come across your case. (DUI with no damages/injuries, less likely)

Will You be Deported for a DUI?

While being arrested for a DUI (California DUI Types, VC 23152)
while undocumented will put you at higher risk, there is actually nothing set in stone that guarantees you will be deported. And that’s a good thing.

With a qualified, well-connected defense attorney representing you in your case, you have a stronger chance of not being deported. Despite the current Republican administration’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, deportation is still very costly and time-consuming. Their resources are not infinite, and you can beat it in many instances.

The probability of deportation is the highest in cases involving crimes of moral turpitude. A few examples of these types of crimes are:

  • assault with intent to commit murder
  • attempted lewd acts on a minor, Penal Code 288 PC
  • arson, Penal Code 451 PC
  • burglary, Penal Code 459 PC
  • child abuse, Penal Code 273d PC
  • criminal threats, Penal Code 422 PC
  • domestic violence against a spouse
  • failure to register as a sex offender, Penal Code 290 PC
  • felon in possession of a firearm, Penal Code 29800 PC
  • felony hit and run, Vehicle Code 20001VC
  • grand theft auto, Penal Code 487 PC
  • murder, Penal Code 187 PC
  • perjury, Penal Code 118 PC
  • sale of controlled substances, Health & Safety Code 11351 HS
  • rape, Penal Code 261 PC
  • receiving stolen property, Penal Code 496 PC
  • robbery, Penal Code 211 PC
  • trespass with the intent to injure
  • voluntary manslaughter, Penal Code 192 PC
  • welfare fraud, Welfare & Institutions Code 10980 WIC

ICE categorizes cases as “high priority” and “low priority”. If you have a prior criminal record, you will be more likely to fit into “high priority”. Therefore, your best chances of NOT being deported is a prior CLEAN RECORD.

There is actually nothing set in stone that guarantees you will be deported.

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Have you been wrongly accused of a DUI or other crime as an immigrant in Southern California? We invite you to contact us immediately. The sooner you call us the higher your chances are to win your case.

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December 3, 2019
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How to Win Your Case

We cannot stress enough that you read, understand and follow these 10 basic rules if you are criminally charged or under investigation:

  1. Don’t ever talk to the police
  2. Do not discuss your case with anyone
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  4. Tell police you need to contact your attorney
  5. Never consent to any search by the police
  6. If the police knock on your door, don't answer!
  7. Realize the consequences of a criminal conviction
  8. Your lawyer (not you) will contact any witnesses
  9. Information on your cell phone is evidence
  10. Early Intervention is the key

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