Crimes of Moral Turpitude

By Attorney Yifei He

A crime of moral turpitude has been defined by the Board of Immigration Appeals as crimes contrary to the rules of morality and the duties owed between persons or to society. In the Matter of Franklin 20 I&N Dec. 867 (B.I.A. 1994). These crimes “typically involve rather grave acts of baseness or depravity such as murder, rape, and incest.” Robles–Urrea v. Holder , 678 F.3d 702, 708 (9th Cir. 2012). However, other crimes include child abuse, kidnaping, robbery, aggravated assault, theft, fraud, and, conspiracy, attempt, or acting as an accessory to a crime if that crime involved moral turpitude. Generally, it is the inherent nature of the crime as defined by statute and interpreted by the Courts, and not the facts and circumstances peculiar to a person’s case, that determines whether a crime is one of moral turpitude. Matter of Short, 20 I&N Dec. 136 (BIA 1989).

Given the nebulous concept of any criminal offense, you need to contact an experienced immigration attorney to determine the effect of a crime on your immigration status. If you or anyone you know is in the situations I discussed, please contact me for legal assistance. I have handled many successful cases in the past. I will eliminate remaining concerns about your immigration status and your criminal records. Schedule your initial consultation with me today, so I can help you solve your problem!