Criminal Defense of Immigrants


§ 21.11 B. Deportability

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Controlled substances convictions are some of the most dangerous for noncitizens who hope to remain in the United States, since there are four different grounds, most of them quite broad, upon which a noncitizen with a controlled substances offense may be found deportable by the immigration authorities:


·         Aggravated Felony Conviction

·         Controlled Substances Conviction

·         Crime of Moral Turpitude Conviction

·         Drug Abuse or Addiction


Of these four, all but the drug abuse or addiction ground require a conviction.  Each ground also requires that the offense occur “after admission” to the United States.[92]


[92] See § 17.8, supra.