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Overview of Deportable Crimes in Nevada

Brian J Smith Aug. 20, 2012

If you are a legal alien living in Nevada, you could be deported or removed from the United States. All of these descriptions apply specifically to the state of Nevada. Immigration regulations in other states might vary in some instances.

First of all, a legal alien is someone who is allowed to live in America, but comes from another country. These include permanent residents, refugees, and visa holders.

In spite of their legal status, if these immigrants have a criminal history, they can still be deported, or face even worse consequences. Not all crimes result in this form of punishment. A judge will rate the possibility of removal from the United States against the severity of the crime. The following are considered very serious: [intlink id=”41″ type=”category”]firearms offenses[/intlink], [intlink id=”19″ type=”page”]domestic violence[/intlink], crimes which are morally offensive to the Nevada community at large, [intlink id=”1379″ type=”post”]aggravated assault[/intlink], and [intlink id=”65″ type=”page”]drug crimes[/intlink]. These are broken down by category as follows:

The Nevada criminal justice system might have a legal alien deported if he or she commits murder, rape, is [intlink id=”1383″ type=”post”]lewd with a child under the age of 14[/intlink], commits theft, or is guilty of fraud.

When a crime is ‘aggravated,’ this means it was intentional. The prosecution must supply enough evidence to prove that a crime was committed with intent. DUI is considered an unintentional crime. As a result, you can still be convicted of DUI without having intended to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Legal aliens in the state of Nevada are likely to face deportation proceedings if they admit they are drug addicts, or are drug dealers. Even without a conviction, illegal aliens could be deported as a result of drug offenses. Possession of marijuana up to and not beyond 30 grams is the only drug crime to which this ruling does not apply in Nevada.

A firearm is any sort of gun, including a revolver, rifle, or a pistol. Possession of a concealed firearm without a license is an offense and, thus, makes a legal alien liable for conviction and deportation.

The term ‘domestic violence’ covers a wide range of offenses. Things like physical violence or dangerous behavior within a family qualifies. The definition of family pertains to co-parents, dating partners, roommates, or in-laws. Any form of domestic violence is treated with extreme seriousness by the Nevada criminal justice system. A legal alien might be deported from Nevada if he or she is convicted of physical violence, child abuse, stalking, endangerment, or neglect.

Immigration judges have no tolerance for violence in the home. They refer to this as a ‘triple whammy’ offense because it is an aggravated felony, a crime which offends the moral standards of the community, and will also put the defendant at risk of deportation. Committing domestic violence puts an illegal alien in a precarious position for this reason.

Legal aliens who have been convicted of crimes of moral turpitude (acts which offend the moral of society) are at risk of ejection from the country. After one such CIMT, you might remain in the United States unless the offense was a gross misdemeanor or a felony, and it was alleged to have happened within a few years of entering the United States as a legal alien.