On February 2, 2018, the Board of Immigration Appeals decided the Matter of Egidijus Siniauskas, 27 I&N Dec. 201 (BIA 2018). In this case, it was ordered that an alien should be detained without bond because of prior DUI convictions.
The respondent was a nonimmigrant visitor who remained longer than permitted. He had three prior convictions for driving under the influence and was also recently arrested for a fourth offense. Because of this, the Board of Immigration Appeals was not convinced that the respondent is not a danger to the community.
This is an important case to note because in New Jersey, DWI/DUI is categorized under state law as a traffic offense. However, you can see from this recent decision how conviction for this offense can adversely affect non-citizen defendants.
Many defendants (and attorneys) overlook the importance of fighting DWI and DUI charges. Since DWI and DUI convictions come with many serious consequences, it is important to speak with an attorney who is willing to fight for you, not just stand in court next to you while you plead guilty.
If you have been charged with a DWI or DUI or a related offense, call Jason T. Komninos, Esq. for a free consultation at 201-343-4622.