Subjectivity of the Phrase “Moral Turpitude” Helps Win a Case

Licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut, attorney Christopher Stender handles cases related to immigration. Attorney Christopher Stender has appeared in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals and the US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, where he represented Armando Marmolejo-Campos in his case against the attorney general.

Also known as Campos Ramos Armando, Mr. Marmolejo-Campos filed a petition to appeal a decision of his removal from the United States following multiple violations of the driving under the influence (DUI) law. A native and citizen of Mexico, Mr. Marmolejo-Campos entered the United States without an inspection in 1983 and later gained lawful permanent resident status in 2001. However, during the span of less than 10 years, he committed both crimes, one of which involved driving with a suspended or revoked license knowingly. Based on the timeframe, charges, and citizenship status, he faced deportation for crimes involving moral turpitude.

Mr. Marmolejo-Campos and his attorney Mr. Stender convinced the judge overseeing the proceeding to remand the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision and dissent. The case aiding in their argument was Lopez-Meza v. The Board. It indicated variances of how the phrase “moral turpitude” is interpreted. Because no exact explanation that can eliminate subjectivity is given, Mr. Marmolejo-Campos achieved a favorable outcome.

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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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