New Law Aids Noncitizens Convicted of a Misdemeanor
A noncitizen is deportable for a single conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude, i.e. dishonesty, within five years of admission, if the offense has a potential sentence of one year or more.  Accordingly, a green card holder could be deported for a minimal misdemeanor offense even if he or she serves no jail time. As long as the criminal offense for which he or she pleads has a potential sentence of one year, deportation can occur. 
On July 22, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law a provision that will make the maximum punishment for misdemeanors in California 364 days. Currently, the maximum sentence is 365 for many offenses. This new law will go into effect on January 1, 2015.
If you know someone who is currently facing criminal charges and believe there are potential immigration consequences, call The Law Offices of Ross Green for a free consultation. (650) 780 - 0707, 702 Marshall Street, Suite 300, Redwood City, CA 94063. The Law Offices of Ross Green will work with the immigration lawyers