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Is resisting arrest a crime of moral turpitude?

These days, it can be difficult to know exactly how to avoid trouble with the law, especially when you are in the middle of an interaction with law enforcement officers. In some cases, reacting the wrong way can make matters much worse and result in criminal charges or deportation.

Some actions may even qualify as "crimes of moral turpitude," which is not clearly defined in the law. In fact, the definition of law is flexible. While no statute outlines what a crime of moral turpitude is, prior case law notes that it is "an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellow men, or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man."

That's a long sentence that may mean just about anything that a police officer or prosecutor wants it to mean.

Unfortunately, many immigrants face deportation because of charges of moral turpitude, which can include resisting arrest. Depending on the officer that you interact with, even minor actions on your part can count as resisting arrest, even if you don't believe that you are resisting in any meaningful way.

If you receive charges of moral turpitude, you must take them seriously. While the name may sound confusing, these charges carry very real consequences, including deportation. Do not hesitate to build a strong legal defense that wisely uses all your resources. With swift action, you can use the strength of the law to keep your rights protected and your place in America secure.

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