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Crimes of moral turpitude and how they affect immigration

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Immigration |

Immigrants in New Jersey should know that having a criminal background might hurt their chances at citizenship. It’s important to understand what happens with crimes of moral turpitude and immigration.

What is a crime of moral turpitude?

A crime of moral turpitude is a criminal offense that is perpetrated recklessly or through evil intent. It involves crimes that are shocking and horrific to the general public and go against the basic rules and duties that society as a whole should enjoy. If an immigrant has a crime of moral turpitude on their record, it can result in their being denied to apply for a visa or being granted citizenship.

If a person already holds a green card but is found to have committed a crime of moral turpitude, it can jeopardize their chances of remaining in the country. They might end up deported. At the same time, people are not actually charged with an offense that’s known as a “crime of moral turpitude,” which makes it necessary to understand what crimes are categorized as such.

What crimes are considered those of moral turpitude?

There are many crimes that fall under the category of moral turpitude. The following are a few examples of crimes of moral turpitude:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Animal fighting
  • Child abuse
  • Fraud
  • Incest
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Spousal abuse
  • Theft
  • Voluntary manslaughter

There are additional crimes that can also be classified as those of moral turpitude. For example, in some cases, involuntary manslaughter might be considered as such. Even attempting to commit a crime of moral turpitude can carry heavy weight in terms of what might happen to a person’s ability to acquire a visa or green card.