How a DUI will affect Immigration Status
Arizona State Bill 1070 raises the question: What happens to aliens, legal or not, who are convicted of a DUI in Arizona? Under Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Acts, any crime deemed to involve moral turpitude will result in deportation. The term moral turpitude is defined as “conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honor and good morals.” In Arizona an aggravated DUI is considered a crime of moral turpitude and may result in deportation and denial of admissibility for illegal and legal alien residents. An aggravated DUI conviction for alien residents whether illegal or legal, has resounding consequences. Once convicted that person will be fingerprinted, photographed, and their information is posted in the national database. The next time this person attempts to enter the country, their fingerprints and picture will be reviewed and they will be denied entry. Attempted illegal re-entry will result in immediate deportation and barred entry for one year.