For individuals who are here on green cards, a conviction on many misdemeanor charges can have a severe and overly punishing – and unexpected – impact. Because these crimes carry a potential prison sentence of up to one year, people may be subject to detention and deportation under a federal law that addresses various crimes that have a sentence of one year or more. This legislation would decrease the maximum possible misdemeanor by one day to ensure that such harsh consequences don’t flow from a minor offense.
“364 Day Misdemeanor” (H 5488, S 118)
Representative Leonela Felix and Senator Jonathon Acosta
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