Minnesota Crimes of Moral Turpitude Attorney

Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

There is no clear definition to a crime of turpitude when it pertains to immigration law, however it usually references a demeanor that is perceived as a horrifying disturbance to the general public, appalling, vicious, or revolting contrary to the norms of morale or society while the person(s) who committed the crime would have acted recklessly or with malicious intentions. Common crimes in this category include:

  • Abuse (including spousal and child abuse)
  • Aggravated Assault
  • An attempt or conspiracy or an affiliation to a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Incest
  • Fraud
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Voluntary or Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Robbery

If you are convicted of a crime, especially one of moral turpitude, you may be placed into removal and deportation proceedings under the United States immigration laws.  The conviction may also bar you from obtaining a visa or green card as one of the questions within the application asks whether or not you have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense.  A criminal offense can be considered grounds for deportation whether or not you have obtained legal permanent resident status.  Depending upon what your circumstances are, you may qualify for a waiver for cancellation of removal under section 212(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Successful submission of this waiver may allow you to avoid removal.  It is important to keep in mind that approval of the waiver and the decision to determine if a crime is that of moral turpitude are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and up to the discretion of an Immigration Judge.


Have you been placed into removal proceedings due to a conviction of a crime of moral turpitude? We can help you.  Contact our office at 952-361-5556 (or fill out the free case evaluation form below) to speak to an experienced immigration attorney about your case.

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