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I have been a LPR since 1990 and I had a assault 4-DV in

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I have been a LPR since 1990 and I had a assault 4-DV in 1999 that was deferred and dismissed. Obviously I have renewed my green card with no problems and now I want to apply for citizenship but am concerned that I might be flagged for deportation.
How concerned should I be?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Judith replied 3 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I am delighted to answer your questions today. I have 35 years experience as an immigration lawyer.

Please give me the details of the "deferred" status.

Did you appear before a judge?

Did you have to admit to the facts of the case - ie that you committed domestic violence?

Or was the case deferred on the court docket by your attorney and agreement of the prosecutor and after a period of time you performed some community service or stayed out of trouble and then the case was dismissed.

The key here is whether you admitted any guilt before a judge.