What is Moral Turpitude?

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Attorney Christopher Stender is an experienced lawyer with numerous published appeals to the Board of Immigration. An avid volunteer for his church, Christopher Stender has spent most of his nearly 20 years of experience as an attorney focusing on immigration-related cases, such as the Marmelejo-Campos v. Mukasey case.

The case of Marmelejo-Campos v. Mukasey, which was decided March 14, 2008, was an appeal to rehear the original case of Marmelejo-Campos v. Gonzales. The case was heard in the Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and a three-judge panel ordered that the original case be reheard. The original case was based on the question of whether driving while intoxicated, without a license, is a crime of moral turpitude.

Moral turpitude generally refers to a violation of moral conduct, including acts that violate a person’s duty to others in society. In addition to being a vile and depraved act, crimes of moral turpitude are intentionally evil in nature. These crimes can invalidate an application for a visa or a green card, as well as cause an immigrant who already has either to become deportable.


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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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