International travel (including entry to the United States) can be headache-inducing for even those with unblemished criminal records. If you have a pending DUI charge in Indiana, you may answer more questions and face more delays than usual. Worse yet, if you travel without clearance from the court, you could face penalties affecting your pending DUI case.
Courts generally allow or disallow foreign travel on a case-by-case basis, and you should speak with your attorney before leaving the country. Your lawyer can then speak with the court, help you contact foreign agencies, and ensure you can travel without restriction or issue.
A Foreign National’s Primary Concern Should Be Resolving Their DUI Charge
We understand that foreign nationals often have international obligations that cannot wait. In these cases, an attorney can help facilitate a quick trip. However, there should be no ambiguity: Overcoming a pending DUI charge should be the top priority.
The potential legal consequences of a first-time DUI conviction alone warrant your full attention, as they include:
The immigration-specific consequences of a DUI conviction could be even more damaging than the immediate legal consequences. The potential loss of your current and future goals in the United States is the most significant reason to hire a capable criminal defense lawyer.
Foreign Nationals Must Consider the Possible Loss of Their Visa (and Future in the United States)
Usually, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will become aware of a criminal conviction by a foreign national, at which point ICE could take punitive action toward your visa. Even if you maintain your visa post-conviction, a criminal record could prevent you from obtaining future entry to the United States.
Call Razumich & Associates Today for a Robust Defense to Your DUI Charge
There is more at stake when a foreign national is arrested for DUI in the United States. In addition to the legal, professional, and reputational harm that most Americans face, you may also lose your right to remain in America. More than most, you need a capable attorney to defend you from conviction.