Will My Shoplifting Arrest Prevent Me From Applying for Citizenship?

A lot of people have questions about how criminal history will affect their ability to naturalize.  It is true that applicants must prove that they have good moral character. Certain crimes, including those involving moral turpitude, will prevent naturalization.  There are exceptions to the rule, those for youthful offenders and for petty offenses.

Sometimes convictions for things like shoplifting or DWI can be forgiven and an applicant can successfully naturalize. It’s always in your best interests if you have any sort of criminal history to consult with an experienced New Jersey immigration attorney.

The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced immigration attorneys throughout the states of New Jersey and Delaware. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your specific case.