What Are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude?

A Crime Involving Moral Turpitude, or CIMTs, is a morally wrong act done intentionally to another that violates social norms Each case is different and depends on the crime committed and the place in which it took place. However, a dishonest intentional act is usually a CIMT. 

A person who has been convicted of a CIMT, or in some cases admits to it, might not be allowed into the United States because they are inadmissible  or might even be deportable if in the United States. This applies to all non-citizens, whether a person has been granted a green card or not. 

The following non-exhaustive list details some common CIMTs:  

Crimes against a person: 

  • Aggravated assault 
  • Failure to render aid 
  • Aggravated battery 
  • Disorderly conduct 
  • Identity theft 
  • Kidnapping 
  • Mayhem 
  • Murder and voluntary manslaughter 
  • Manslaughter 
  • Resisting a police officer with violence 
  • Robbery 
  • Threats, terrorist threats 

Crimes against property: 

  • Animal fighting 
  • Burglary 
  • Forgery  
  • Embezzlement 
  • Shoplifting 
  • Arson 
  • Credit fraud 

Crimes against government: 

  • Bribery 
  • Fake driver’s license 
  • False statement 
  • Misrepresentation 
  • Immigration fraud 
  • Mail fraud 

The list shown above is a guide as to what can be considered a CIMT, but it is up to a judge or an immigration officer to ultimately determine if the offense is a CIMT.  

At the J. Molina Law Firm, we analyze all our clients’ facts and circumstances and present the best arguments possible to defend our clients. We can also help you craft a plea deal that avoids immigration consequences. If you wish to know what the best plan of action is for your case, contact us today at (469) 708-5800 or book your appointment online.