One of the most significant consequences that a DUI conviction may have on your life is that it may change your immigration status. When it comes to Immigration law, the Immigration Judge has a great amount of discretion on his decision as it is not objectively outlined in the Naturalization and Immigration Act.
While many drug offenses and more serious criminal offenses will most likely lead to deportation or revocation of your status, a DUI is much more subjective. The Judge will decide based on several factors if the DUI will prevent you from obtaining or maintaining your status. He or she will often consider your criminal record, how long you have been in the United States, your family situation, job history as well as other aspects of your life.
If you only have one DUI on your record and nothing else, chances are it won’t have much of an effect on your Immigration Status. However, if you are on your third DUI and were on probation, the Judge will seriously consider deportation or terminating your status as either a citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.