Can i become a US citizen if I recently had a felony? 2 Answers as of April 13, 2011

I am a permanent resident. Around a year ago I was arrested for possession of drug and have a felony. I went to court and basically beat the case but the felony stayed in my record. Can I still become a US citizen?

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Nicastro Piscopo, APLC
Nicastro Piscopo, APLC | Louis M. Piscopo
If you "basically beat the case" you would not have a felony conviction on your record. If convicted of a felony drug possession, or in many cases even a misdemeanor drug offense you could be deportable from the US. You need to have an immigration attorney review the record of conviction and advise you if filing for Naturalization will end up getting you put into removal/deportation proceedings.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/13/2011
William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law | William C. Gosnell
Drug Felonies are grounds for Deportation. Hire an Immigration Lawyer immediately.
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 4/13/2011
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