A DUI arrest can be an emotionally overwhelming and traumatic situation. A conviction for a first offense can result in driver’s license suspension, a fine of up to $1,000, and even a maximum six-month jail sentence.
However, if a lawful permanent resident—or green card holder—is found guilty of drunk driving in Florida, can a conviction lead to deportation under U.S. immigration law? The answer depends on the circumstances of the case.
In general, a first-time DUI offense will not lead to removal proceedings. But a felony DUI or a drug-related DUI can affect a green card holder’s immigration status.
The following are several ways a DUI can become a felony offense:
- A third DUI conviction in the last ten years
- A fourth or subsequent DUI conviction
- The DUI case involves an accident that seriously injured or killed another person
- The DUI case involves a minor passenger
Additionally, if a lawful permanent resident had a prior conviction for possession of marijuana and the crime didn’t result in removal proceedings, a first-time DUI can result in deportation. Having multiple convictions for other offense before the DUI arrest can also be another factor for deportation.
Common crimes and convictions that can get an immigrant deported include:
- Aggravated felonies
- Crimes of moral turpitude
- Drug crimes
- Domestic violence
- Firearm crimes
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Crimes against the United States
At Hubbs Law Firm, not only are we capable of helping you get your DUI case dismissed or your charges reduced, but we can also represent clients facing deportation. We serve clients in Miami-Dade County, and surrounding cities of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami Springs, Doral, Kendall, Homestead, and Pinecrest.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Miami, contact us today at (305) 570-4802 to let us get started on your case.