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Will a DUI Affect My Citizenship Application?

Posted On: August 28th, 2020 by Bradley J. Groene
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DUI charges are stressful for anybody, but particularly challenging if you or a loved one are applying for U.S. citizenship.

A DUI makes the citizenship application process a lot harder. DUI convictions have been the primary reason for numerous citizenship denials, so if you were arrested for a DUI, you need an experienced lawyer to help resolve the matter so your application and record are protected.

Cincinnati DUI lawyer Brade Groene of Luftman, Heck & Associates has helped many clients successfully handle DUIs so their citizenship application can move forward.

To speak with attorney Groene, call (513) 338-1890 today for a free consultation. We’re available 24/7 and ready to help.

The Review of Your Citizenship Application

U.S. citizenship applications require a lot of work, and it can take years to be complete. You must share a lot of personal information and the process includes interviews where you are asked about your past and life in this country.

DUIs & Your Moral Character

While many things could disqualify you from U.S. citizenship, immigration officials try to determine if you are someone of good moral character. Any criminal convictions will be considered.

Even though people can be injured or killed by drunk driving, a DUI is not generally considered to be a violent crime. Unfortunately, immigration officials might think differently and consider your DUI a sign of poor character.

How DUIs Affect Citizenship Applications

Every DUI is different. And immigration officials want to see if you learned from your mistakes or continuing risky behaviors that disregard others.

A DUI conviction can hurt your citizenship application if:

  • You have priors convictions including crimes that are not DUIs
  • Convicted of a DUI with others in the car, especially minors
  • There was an altercation with police during your DUI arrest
  • There are any domestic violence or other issues related to your DUI
  • You suffered from alcohol abuse or drug addiction
  • You failed to comply with a court order following a DUI

DUI Probation & Immigration

It is also important to note that DUI probation can delay your citizenship application. This can sometimes cause your application to fail since citizenship interviews cannot happen while the applicant is on probation.

LHA Can Help With Your DUI

The citizenship application process is meant to be challenging since the U.S. wants applicants to prove that they are ideal candidates. Showing that you are a person of good moral character is crucial, and a DUI conviction can greatly jeopardize your ability to do so.

But one mistake should not limit the rest of your life. Having a lawyer who can help you avoid a DUI conviction prevents you from having to answer to an official about why this conviction should not be the reason you’re denied citizenship.

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, you need a lawyer’s help. Luftman, Heck & Associates has helped many people in situation like this, and we know how to help you.

Contact us today at (513) 338-1890 24/7 to discuss your case.

Bradley Groene made an exceptionally difficult situation much easier to handle. He kept me informed of everything that was going to happen and got results for my case far better than I could have hoped for. I would highly recommend him for anyone who finds themselves in legal troubles.