Green card holders living in California are sometimes worried that even minor brushes with the law could lead to their deportation. While some forms of criminal activity can lead to a person being deported, small offenses will rarely have such serious consequences. However, the law in this area is subject to interpretation.
Permanent residents of the United States may face deportation if they are convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude within five years of being issued their green card. Such crimes range from sexual offenses such as rape and prostitution to violent acts like serious aggravated assault and murder. Perjury, larceny and counterfeiting are also considered crimes of moral turpitude. Minor infractions such as public drunkenness, gambling and disorderly conduct will rarely be considered crimes of moral turpitude and are unlikely to result in a permanent resident's deportation.