Can you be deported after a DUI conviction in Texas?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | DWI Defense

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions can have serious consequences, including deportation for non-citizens in certain situations.

Here’s what you need to know about the potential for deportation after a DUI conviction in Texas.

Immigration consequences of DUI convictions

There are several potential consequences for immigrants if they are convicted of DUI. Some of the factors that impact whether deportation will occur include:

  • Immigration status matters: Your immigration status significantly impacts the consequences of a DUI conviction. Non-citizens, including permanent residents (green card holders) and visa holders, face deportation risks that citizens do not.
  • Aggravated felony: In some cases, a DUI conviction can be classified as an aggravated felony under immigration law. This classification can lead to mandatory deportation, regardless of how long you have been living in the United States or your ties to the country.
  • Visa revocation: A DUI conviction can prompt the revocation of certain visas, particularly non-immigrant visas like tourist or student visas. Once your visa is revoked, you may be subject to deportation proceedings.

All this could come on top of the usual penalties people face if convicted of a DUI

Texas DUI laws and immigration consequences

Texas has strict penalties for DUI offenses, including fines, license suspension and potential jail time. These penalties apply to both citizens and non-citizens. While the state penalties are clear, the immigration consequences of a DUI conviction can vary depending on individual circumstances and federal immigration policies.

Understanding all these implications and seeking appropriate legal guidance is essential for anyone facing DUI charges, especially non-citizens.

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