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Immigration issues
A non-citizen accused of a crime must never underestimate the potential consequences of a criminal
conviction. A lawyer representing a non-citizen must explain how a conviction for any crime may impact
the non-citizen client's immigration status. The chart below presents examples that show how the
immigration laws may treat violations of certain California laws. Do not rely upon this chart. Consult an
attorney.
Grounds for
deportation
Grounds for
inadmission
Drug possession (H & S 11350 (a)(b))
No
No
Disturbing the peace (PC 415)
No
Yes
Disorderly: prostitution (PC 647)
No
No
Petty theft (with a prior) (PC 666)
Yes
Yes
Trespass (PC 602.5)
No
No
DUI (felony) (VC 23152)
Yes
Yes
Battery: simple (PC 243(a))
No
Yes
Firearm: drug addict or felon (PC 12021)
No
No
No
No
Tampering: vehicle (VC 10852)


For questions regarding immigration matters, please call my colleague Scott Mossman.
A non-citizen accused of a crime needs prompt, expert legal advice.