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    N-400 Question about Misdemeanors

    When filling out the form it asks about crimes being commited. Would the box be check "yes" if the person had misdemeanors? Example: DUI/Driving without a license. Thank you

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    Yes.

    There is a place to complete information about the charges, outcomes, etc below that section that you should complete.

    You may want to talk to an immigration attorney before you file. The DUI timing is important because it affect naturalizing.

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    Yes. I agree with cupcake. It's very important to talk to an attorney about the DUI charge, because sometimes, you have to wait 5 years after certain misdemeanors in order to apply for Citizenship.

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    Agree with everyone else.
    I even marked the box yes for traffic violations, they never asked at the interview, but it is always better to tell the truth.
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    The wording asks for all crimes, not just the ones you where you were caught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupiloop72 View Post
    When filling out the form it asks about crimes being commited. Would the box be check "yes" if the person had misdemeanors? Example: DUI/Driving without a license. Thank you
    It would definitely be better to mention it since if they find out later on during the process, they can even deny you citizenship. You can also consult an attorney to be on the safe side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markolfa View Post
    Yes. I agree with cupcake. It's very important to talk to an attorney about the DUI charge, because sometimes, you have to wait 5 years after certain misdemeanors in order to apply for Citizenship.
    I agree with Markolfa. If it is a DWI/DUI Iíd either wait the five years after final court disposition (not the date of the incident, but the date when everything was finalized in court) or consult with an atty. My husband had a DWI in 2008 and we are waiting until 2013 to file just to be on the safe side. Otherwise we would have been eligible in 2009. Iím just not willing to risk a denial or losing my initial filing fees over an issue of the appropriate timeframe.

    Iíve done searches on this subject due to some conflicting information out there but I was overwhelmingly convinced it is better to wait the five years than risk it.
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