A veteran of the Mexican Army who retired to the Tacoma area in 2001 after years of fighting the Mexican drug cartels has been deported following multiple DUIs.
Previously, in Mexico, he had helped to locate and destroy crops of poppies and marijuana which would have been refined and sold illegally. He came to America because he was in fear for his life after being identified by cartel thugs.
But once he arrived in Tacoma, he accrued a drunk driving record that ultimately resulted in disastrous immigration consequences. He pleaded guilty to DUI in 2005 and received a mild sentence, but failed to pay his fine and comply with other conditions. This brought him to the attention of the authorities, and in 2009, he was arrested in Pierce County and in Seattle for separate DUI offenses.
In 2010, his prior convictions and immigration status became an issue when he was unable to post bond and was placed on an immigration hold. He was deported, but returned to Tacoma in 2011 only to be deported again, this time for good. He doesn't believe he can win an asylum immigration case, and doesn't plan to return to America -- he's going to take his chances in Mexico.
If a hero of the drug wars can be deported for having multiple DUIs, others in similar circumstances can too. If you have been accused of DUI, have a complex immigration situation, and have prior offenses or a criminal record, you will need the help of an experienced DUI attorney.
Source: Investigate West, "A Drunk Driving Charge Leads to Deportation," Lewis Kamb, Sept. 9, 2012