In order to avoid the possibility of removal, Ohio immigrants must avoid being convicted of a deportable offense. The following rules apply to refugees, F-1 students, permanent residents and other individuals who are not citizens who have lawful status. If any individuals in these categories are facing conviction, the criminal defense should factor in potential immigration consequences related to the conviction.
A noncitizen can be deported for a conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude if he or she has been convicted of two or more such crimes since he or she was admitted to the United States or adjusted status. Another ground for removal under crimes involving moral turpitude is the conviction of one such crime within five years of admission that carries a maximum sentence of a year or more.