Immigrants are constantly vigilant regarding the possibility of deportation. Many avoid doing anything that could get them deported faster, such as breaking the law. However, that does not mean that immigrants never face arrest or being charged with crimes.
Immigrants who face certain charges may find it even more difficult to stay in the country. It is possible that any statutory offense can also eventually involve charges of crimes of moral turpitude. The U.S. Department of State has defined these crimes as being morally offensive, or involving “moral turpitude”, with the definition of turpitude being “wickedness”. Acts of moral turpitude can include a number of things, but can most commonly be slotted into one of the following categories:
- An intent to harm other things or other people