Immigration and DWIs

Immigration and criminal law (aka “Crimmigration”) often mix. Nowadays, this is especially true.

An immigration ruling from Attorney General William Barr noted that a noncitizen with 2 or more DWIs, despite any rehabilitation efforts (treatment, AA, ect.), is presumed to lack “good moral character.” Attorney General William Barr’s opinion can be read here:

What does this mean? A lack of “good moral character” for a noncitizen can:

  1. Prevent them from becoming a citizen;
  2. Prevent them from returning to this country;
  3. Make them deportable; and
  4. Prevent them from getting all sorts of immigration relief from deportation (Cancellation of Removal, Violence Against Women Act, ect.).

At Martine Law, we concentrate on Crimmigration, especially DWIs. If you, a loved one or friend are a noncitizen and have been charged with a crime and/or facing immigration issues, please contact Martine Law PLLC for a consultation at (612) 208-8076.

Author Bio

Xavier Martine

Xavier Martine is the Founder of Martine Law, a Minnesota criminal defense and family law firm. Serving clients in Minneapolis, MN, and surrounding areas, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of criminal matters, including DWIs, drug charges, misdemeanors, domestic violence, and other criminal charges. He also represents clients in family law matters, including divorce, child support, and child custody.

Xavier received his Juris Doctor from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being named among the “Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40 in Minnesota” in 2021 by The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He was also named the “Best DUI Lawyer in Minneapolis” award in 2023 by and a “Rising Star” in 2023 by SuperLawyers.

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