New York, NY asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for New York

Q: Can a traffic related misdemeanor effect my US citizenship application process? I have green card & take final test soon

I’m a green card holder and have my final citizenship interview this month. The misdemeanor was from driving with an expired drivers license and getting rear ended (I’m not at fault for accident), but the officer said if I can renew my license before my court date, it should be able to be removed from my record. It’s also hard right now to get any appointment or any help with renewing my old license (which expired 7-8 years ago) because of Covid and everything.

3 Lawyer Answers
Howard E. Knispel
Howard E. Knispel
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Commack, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You need to direct this to an Immigration law attorney.

Robert Tsigler
Robert Tsigler
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Your matter is complex and must be dealt with in a detailed fashion. You need a law firm that is an expert in both immigration and criminal defense issues. There are many details that need to be discussed in order for you to obtain the best possible result in your case. My office specializes in these matters. Feel free to give us a call and schedule a consultation.

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Mineola, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: There's no way of telling whether or not the misdemeanor will effect your immigration status without more details. Also, as far as renewing your license, it's rather straightforward now (make an appointment, or do it online). Consult with a law office who will try to get the ticket reduced and who can review what effect this will have in your immigration matter.

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