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Can a non US Citizen be deported for conviction of a crime?

A non-U.S. citizen may be deported for a crime which involves moral turpitude. My research indicates that a single offense for a Michigan Drunk Driving (Operating while Intoxicated – OWI) without aggravating circumstances, does not qualify as such an offense.

However Noncitizens may be deported due to a conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude or an aggravated felony. There are also several other specific grounds such as drug offenses and domestic violence abuse that often lead to deportation of a noncitizen. In addition, if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in a state court, you may be deported if by immigration law standards it is an aggravated felony.The immigration statute’s definition of an aggravated felony includes a crime of violence for which the term of imprisonment is at least one year. A crime of violence is an offense that involves either the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against another person or his or her property. A crime of violence may also include offenses that by their nature involve a substantial risk for physical force to be used against a person or property.