Pacifica Legal Services | Floyd Fernandez
The short answer is maybe. There are states where you most certainly be detained if you are summoned on even a routine traffic violation, such as speeding. And if it is an offense such as misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, it is likely, especially in a court appearance, that an immigration background check would occur. On the other hand, if you do not appear, a warrant for your arrest will certainly be issued, which would also trigger a background check for legal status in the nationwide identity system. So your best shot is to show up, bring a lawyer, who will seek to get a plea that will be for a sentence that will take you off the system as subject to immigration inquiry and prevent a hold being placed upon you.
Answer Applies to: California