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    I quit my job 2 months ago coz of accusations of theft against me. I was speaking to an employee who works at the store and she said that she had heard that a lawsuit was filed against me and so far I havent heard anything from the company. My question is do you get deported for a lawsuit and is a lawsuit the same as being arrested.

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    I quit my job 2 months ago coz of accusations of theft against me. I was speaking to an employee who works at the store and she said that she had heard that a lawsuit was filed against me and so far I havent heard anything from the company. My question is do you get deported for a lawsuit and is a lawsuit the same as being arrested.

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    • #3
      I don't know about being deported from a lawsuit but being sued is not the same as being arrested.
      If you do hear from the company, get a good lawyer to help you out.

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      • #4
        An arrest is usually made by a law enforcement factor (police, military, border patrol, INS etc.) and a "probably cause" must exists (there must be reasonable suspicion that a crime or/and a violation of the law has occured).

        A lawsuit can be made by anybody against anybody for no reason at all.

        A lawsuit based on employement matters is usually civil in matter (though it can be criminal). The lawsuit alone will not trigger a removal from the U.S., the assumption is "not guilty, until proven guilty".


        A civil matter that you don't take care of (such as paying fines etc.) can become a criminal matter and turn into the same problem.


        A conviction that may result from (especially criminal) lawsuit may very likely put you into removal proceedings since almost all criminal convictions are removable or inadmissable (if you stil need to adjust your status in the future).
        What you need to do right now, is defending this case and possibly getting a good attorney. Good luck!

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        • #5
          So if I wasnt arrested 8 weeks ago, does that mean they havent filed charges with the police. If they are having a lawsuit through their lawyers is it classed as a serious charge for deportation and can you settle that without INS knowing. I havent a clue whats going on coz all I have is hearsay from someone who works there. Its stresses me out right now coz I am pregnant and since she told me this I have been really sick with worry. I wanna thank you guys for answering my questions, I'd be lost without yous!

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          • #6
            I may be wrong - but I do not believe that you can file a lawsuit against someone for theft. You can have them charged criminally for the act but not file a lawsuit...

            If you have been charged criminally - you will know it! They (police) will arrest you and charge you. If you are being named in a civil lawsuit - they have to serve you (or make a strong effort to have you served) with court papers. If you have not moved and you have not been served yet then I suspect that your ex-coworker might just be dealing with rumors...

            All that being said - you can be deported for breaking criminal law - not civil law. People are sued because they 'wronged' someone - this will not get you deported...

            My advice - don't cause yourself so much stress and just let it go... If you get served with court papers, then confine your worries to the facts of the case - not whether you will be deported or not... Also civil lawsuits require a substantial amount of documentation and proof... If you did nothing wrong - then you should relax even more... But no matter what (civil lawsuit), you wont be deported for it even if you lose... Think back to the forms you filled out for the INS... They asked "Have you ever been arrested..." Not "Have you ever been sued"...

            All that being said - if you did steal stuff from work perhaps you will get a knock on your door sooner than later from you local law enforcement officers... A lesson hard learned by many who have been deported for minor criminal acts...

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            • #7
              Let's hope they will not charge you with a crime in the coming weeks..

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