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Can I get deported for defending myself in a fistfight?

Posted by Bulldog Law | Apr 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

In the United States, noncitizens have opportunities to seek citizenship, but it often takes a considerable amount of time and effort based on their situation. Considering their citizenship status, they can face risks of deportation if they commit specific offenses. These violations may include crimes associated with getting into a fistfight, even if they were only defending themselves.

Most violations involving violence and physical harm can be crimes involving moral turpitude (CIMT), which have a significant impact on immigration cases. However, it might only be relevant if the CIMT is eligible for this penalty, usually depending on the sentence details.

Determining eligibility for deportation

The rules covering these crimes can vary based on the incident and the details surrounding it. But typically, a single CIMT conviction can be enough reason to deport a noncitizen. Still, the offense must meet specific requirements to bring about deportation as a penalty.

First, the violator must face the maximum sentence for the offense, often lasting at least a year. Also, the noncitizen's offense must have happened within five years after their admission date. Additionally, deportation for the CIMT may only be applicable after receiving the conviction. Eligibility can still vary based on the offense's details and the circumstances.

Knowing when to get help for CIMTs

As a noncitizen, you may feel afraid of facing deportation, especially if you only defended yourself from physical harm. This early in the process, there can be countless vague details, possibly painting you as the aggressor.

Fortunately, you can address deportation risks by seeking legal counsel immediately. Experienced legal guidance can also help you learn about what to do next, how to approach the situation appropriately and address any issues that may arise.

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