A conviction for
driving while under the influence (DUI/OVUII) can have severe criminal and administrative consequences.
However, if you are a non-citizen in the United States, your immigration
status may also be at risk. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
the organization responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration
laws, prioritizes the deportation of immigrants and green card holders
who are convicted of DUI.
In an official memorandum released in 2014, the DHS announced that it will
prioritize the removal of non-citizens that threaten national security,
border security, or public safety. DUI convictions are identified as “significant
misdemeanors” under this policy and represent the second highest
priority group, behind convictions for aggravated felonies and acts of
terrorism or espionage. The revised guidelines apply to any non-citizen
approached or detained for a related offense after January 5th, 2015.
The DHS has not been shy about their willingness to enforce this policy.
The organization has stated that it will allow for the allocation of energy
and resources “to the greatest degree possible” towards the
apprehension and removal of non-citizens who fall into one of these priority
groups. Make no mistake, an accusation for DUI represents a significant
risk to a non-citizens continued residence in the United States and it
must be met with a thorough and relentless DUI defense.
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Honolulu DUI Attorney Kevin O'Grady and if you have questions about how a DUI can affect your immigration
status, do not hesitate to contact my firm. The government has made it
no secret that they are dedicating every available resource to the removal
of non-citizens convicted of DUI and if you are facing charges, you cannot
afford to delay legal action. Contact me today and put the full weight
and resources of my firm behind your case. I can defend against even the
most severe DUI charges and my firm has the track record to prove it.
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