I'm a "green card" holder in the United States. I plead guilty in 2003 (about 6.5 years after getting my green card and the crime happened 5.5 years after my green card) to a 245(A)(1) in California. This is an "assault with a deadly weapon." The weapon was a knife with a 4 inch blade. In the event, nobody was physically hurt whatsoever. I was charged with this because I pulled out the knife and threat alone is grounds enough for the charge. It is a felony with a max sentence of 3 years, but I was sentenced to 90 days and only had to serve 60 in county jail. Since the time, it was reduced to a misdemeanor and then expunged from my record by the same judge that took my plea bargain. There were no violations to probation at all. I've heard it is irrelevant for immigration purposes, but I mention it just in case. It is my only brush with the law.
Since the time of the conviction, I've held jobs, internships, earned a High School degree and a 4-year College degree. I was also admitted to a Masters program in Management although I chose not to go. I do not owe or failed to file for taxes. I don't owe anyone any child support or any other things of this nature. It has been 5.5 years since my conviction and would like to obtain a US Citizenship.
I must also add that my green card expired about a year ago and was successful in obtaining renewal of the green card. I went to an attorney to make sure I could do my renewal without a problem. The lawyer said I would have no problems at all. He said that I could not be deported for this offense because it happened 5 1/2 years after getting my green card. He said I could do the renewal process myself, and he was right.
My question is: Can I get U.S. Citizenship? Will they try to deport me if they deny it? If they try to deport me, can I have a 212(c) waiver?