Q: How would simple assault and marijuana possession charges (NJ) affect n-400 uscis application?
I was charged with 2C:12-1A(1) ; 2C:35-10A(4) ; 2C:36-2 in December of 2016. All 3 charges were dismissed after a successful completion of a) Conditional Discharge program for the drug charges and b) Anger Management course for the simple assault. How would the charges affect my N400 application? Would it be wise to wait another year to apply, making sure 5 years have passed since the incident?
A: Both charges are deportable offenses for immigration purposes. Not only can you be denied naturalization, y9u may also be placed in removal proceedings.
The completion of the conditional discharge program and anger management course in exchange for a dismissal is considered an admission of guilt.
Yes. Wait the full five years. When you do apply for NATZ I strongly suggest you retain an experienced immigration attorney who knows the effects of criminal convictions on your naturalization.
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