As DWI lawyers, we have to be concerned about the numerous potential collateral consequences to a DWI arrest. The day non-U.S. citizens receive their Permanent Resident Card—more popularly known as a green card—is probably one they will never forget. Being green card holders will finally allow them to enjoy benefits they’ve never had before, including sponsoring immediate family members to stay in the U.S. with them and traveling more smoothly in and out of the country. However, green card holders can jeopardize their lawful permanent resident (LPR) status if they commit what’s referred to as “crimes of moral turpitude,” which can include Driving While Intoxicated or DWI.
For an American citizen, the consequences of a DWI conviction can be harsh enough. The potential for jail time, probation, heavy fines, driver’s license suspension or revocation, and ignition interlock installation are among the penalties that await DUI offenders. For a green card holder, the outcome of a DWI can be so much worse.