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Q: I am on H1 work permit and have recently been fined with Civil penalty (retail theft). shall I make payment or wait judg

I am an immigrant working on H1B work permit. I have recently been fined with Civil penalty (retail theft) and charged with misdemeanor.


1. Shall I make payment or wait for the judgement?

2. What is the consequence on immigration because of this?

Kathryn L Harry
Kathryn L Harry
answered on Feb 2, 2022

Retail Theft is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. It is considered a crime of moral turpitude. Therefore, a plea of guilty to this charge, regardless of the sentence you receive, will have a negative impact on your immigration status. Be wary of... View More

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