If I am convicted of Theft or an offense considered in Texas to be a Crime of Moral Turpitude, what effects will it have on my in the future?
There are several considerations involved with a conviction for a Crime of Moral Turpitude Theft related Conviction.
First, there is a potential Loss of Occupational Licensing rights and employment. This means many jobs may not hire you based on this type of conviction.
Second, there is the likely Impeachment of Testimony if you ever need to testify in ANY court proceeding. This means as a defendant or witness in a crimnal case, a civil case (if you sue over a car accident), or family court for divorce or custody hearings. Conviction of a theft related crime of moral turpitude could potentially (and usually will ) be used against a witness for up to 10 years after a conviction from a Moral Turpitude or release from confinement based on a crime of Moral Turpitude in any proceeding to discredit their testimony.
For instance, if you sustain a theft related conviction that is considered a Crime of Moral Turpitude -- even a misdemeanor shoplifting theft -- that prior conviction can be used against you in any case, even unrelated and non-criminal, to discredit your testimony by showing that you are a dishonest person. This can be based solely on the conviction itself, without explaining facts or circumstances.
For more information, see Rule 609, Impeachment By Evidence Of Conviction Of Crime.
Consequences for Immigration. Federal statutes use the term "Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude" to indicate crimes which can lead a non-citizen resident alien to become deportable. If a non-citizen resident alien is charged with an offense that may be considered a crime of moral turpitude, it is extremely possible and likely that deportation proceedings will follow any criminal case.
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