If I have been convicted of a misdemeanor, can I still qualify for deferred action?

Anthony (Guest) on Sunday, September 16 2012, 08:27 AM
When I was 24 years old I was convicted of public intoxication at an event in the Boston Commons. Will this prevent me from qualifying for deferred action?
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    Replied by Attorney Kevin Leeper on Monday, September 17 2012, 08:49 AM · Hide · #1
    Only if you were not convicted of a “significant misdemeanor” or of 3 or more misdemeanors.

    A “significant misdemeanor” is a misdemeanor as defined by federal law (specifically, one for which the maximum term of imprisonment authorized is one year or less but greater than five days) and that meets the following criteria:

    1. Regardless of the sentence imposed, is an offense of domestic violence; sexual abuse or exploitation; burglary; unlawful possession or use of a firearm; drug distribution or trafficking; or, driving under the influence; or,Only if you were not convicted of a “significant misdemeanor” or of 3 or more misdemeanors.

    2. If not an offense listed above, is one for which the individual was sentenced to time in custody of more than 90 days. The sentence must involve time to be served in custody, and therefore does not include a suspended sentence.

    The time in custody does not include any time served beyond the sentence for the criminal offense based on a state or local law enforcement agency honoring a detainer issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Notwithstanding the above, the decision whether to defer action in a particular case is an individualized, discretionary one that is made taking into account the totality of the circumstances. Therefore, the absence of the criminal history outlined above, or its presence, is not necessarily determinative, but is a factor to be considered in the unreviewable exercise of discretion. DHS retains the discretion to determine that an individual does not warrant deferred action on the basis of a single criminal offense for which the individual was sentenced to time in custody of three months or less.
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