While Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMT) is a category of crimes without a clear legal definition, they can have serious consequences for immigrants, including inadmissibility, relief from some forms of legal relief in removal proceedings, and even deportation. The vagueness of the term means that it is normally interpreted by the courts on a case-by-case basis, so Berd & Klauss, PLLC, respected New York immigration attorneys, offers this helpful explanation, as well as a description of possible consequences.
Unlike violent crimes or substance abuse cases, CIMT are not clearly defined in criminal law. Generally, they are considered crimes which consist of “an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity,” which goes against the moral code of society. A long history of case law is often consulted to determine whether an act qualifies as a CIMT, so you should consult a licensed immigration lawyer to help navigate this arcane area of the law.
The primary consequences of a CIMT conviction for immigrants might involve a ruling of inadmissibility or even trigger deportation. In some instances, even admitting that you have committed a crime can mean ineligibility for some forms of relief or prevent you from fulfilling the “good moral character clause” required of all immigrants.
Lawyers with a deep understanding of immigration law can, in many cases, have CIMT convictions vacated or present an argument that the statutes do not cover the crime in question. Navigating the complex immigration process with a CIMT conviction on your record is still possible, so visit Berd & Klauss, PLLC online or call today for a free consultation.