Immigration is and has been a hot button issue for some time. When an undocumented immigrant or a foreigner gets arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), the consequences can be dire. In fact, a DWI stop, arrest or conviction for an undocumented immigrant could result in deportation. If you have been arrested for a DWI, whether you are an undocumented immigrant or are in the US on a visa, you need to consult a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney without delay.
The federal office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted targeted raids in tens of New Jersey municipalities last month, targeting undocumented immigrants who had recently been arrested for drunk driving. In total, 123 people suspected of being in the country illegally were picked up and detained. The vast majority of those individuals had either been arrested for or convicted of DWI. These raids took place in towns all across New Jersey.
The Trump Administration has drastically increased the type of crimes that are punishable by deportation. In fact, even a single, one-time DWI charge can make someone eligible to be picked up by ICE and have deportation proceedings begin against them. If the DWI involves an accident or a death, the likelihood of ICE intervention increases significantly. Under the previous administration, a DWI charge or conviction, in many cases, was not considered serious enough for removal.