There is no statutory definition of “moral turpitude.” Generally, crimes of moral turpitude have been found to include crimes involving an intent to steal or defraud, involving an intentional, willful, or reckless act causing bodily harm or a threat of bodily harm, and sex offenses.

The specific crimes that have been found to involve moral turpitude include murder, rape, aggravated assault, sexual abuse not involving a minor, robbery, burglary, kidnaping, voluntary manslaughter, theft, arson, spousal abuse, fraud, bad checks, welfare fraud, and some aggravated DUI offenses, etc.

There are two exceptions to this ground of removal:

  • Petty Offense Exception – when a lawful permanent resident committed only one crime, which has the maximum penalty possible not exceed 1 year and the actual sentence of imprisonment did not exceed 6 months;
  • Juvenile Crimes – when a lawful permanent resident committed only one crime when the LPR was under 18 years of age and the crime was committed more than 5 years before the LPR’s application for admission.