California Deportation for Drunk Driving On a Suspended License

By: Wallin & Klarich

Drunk Driving On A Suspended License Is a Deportable Crime Requiring the Assistance of a Criminal Defense Attorney

A recent ruling by the United States Appeals Court for the 9th District underscores the necessity of hiring an aggressive and skilled California criminal defense attorney. Circuit Judge O’Scannlain, writing the opinion for the six member majority, found drunk driving “offenses committed with the knowledge that one’s driver’s license has been suspended or otherwise restricted are crimes of moral turpitude.” The United States Appeals Court for the 9th District ruled that drunken driving on a suspended license in California is a deportable offense. A conviction of a crime of moral turpitude may be grounds for deportation.

In that case, the Defendant was convicted of driving under the influence in 1997. At that time immigration officials sought to deport him but he was successful in avoiding deportation. Defendant again was arrested in 2002 for driving under the influence after he ran a red light and was found to be intoxicated. Immigration officials again sought to deport him. An immigration judge ruled that Defendant was in fact deportable. After spending three years in a federal detention facility, the Defendant returned to Mexico.

If you or a loved one have been charged with driving under the influence, it is imperative that you hire an aggressive, experienced criminal defense firm. Hiring an experienced DUI defense law firm in California can greatly increase your chances of keeping your freedom, and ensuring you receive the lowest possible sentence. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people for over 30 years.

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