Got into some trouble
Client is a 22 year old man from China who entered the U.S. on an F1 student visa to pursue his studies. He recently graduated with a B.S. from Cleveland State University and started OPT. His proud parents visited from China so they could attend graduation. While they were visiting, the client and his girlfriend got into an argument that resulted in the client being charged with domestic violence. The parents stayed in the U.S. to help support their son during this difficult time. After multiple pre-trial conferences with the prosecutor, we were able to negotiate a resolution whereby the client pled guilty to disorderly conduct. The client did not have to serve any jail time, rather, he completed a mental health evaluation with a Chinese speaking therapist who did not recommend any further treatment.
Able to go Home
Within two weeks of sentencing, he was discharged from probation and was able to leave the U.S. with his parents, which was his wish. What could have been a very serious criminal conviction turned out to be a low-level misdemeanor that did not make the client de-portable or removable. If this client wishes to return to the U.S. in the future, he should not be denied entry or deemed to be inadmissible because of this conviction.
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