Being stopped or pulled over by a police officer can be a nerve-wracking experience, even if you don't think you're doing anything wrong. As a person who is new to the country or trying to gain immigration status, talking to a police officer can be a high-stakes encounter. Could criminal charges affect your ability to obtain a visa or citizenship?
When it comes to crimes committed in the U.S., while the conversation right now is around giving people second chances, one has to wonder if these second chances are going to be extended to immigrants. As of right now, the answer is still typically no.
Even just the thought of facing deportation is frightening. Especially for those who have been living in Texas for the past couple of years, hoping to one day obtain citizenship, being charged with a crime that could lead to deportation can be stressful and heartbreaking, all at the same time.
A drunk driving conviction can have very serious professional and financial repercussions. Between license suspension, fines and even possible jail time, a driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated arrest is something that should always be taken seriously, even if it is someone's first DUI/DWI arrest.