You are out of state. Perhaps on a vacation, perhaps visiting family. And the unthinkable happens: you get pulled over and charged with a DUI. What do you do? While a few distinctions exist between DUI charges pressed against residents versus visitors, the majority of the process and penalties remain the same. If you are pulled over with an out of state driver's license and charged with a DUI, the officer will suspend your privilege to drive in California for 30 days. From that time forward, you have ten days to request a DMV hearing.
Due to the Interstate Driver's License Compact ("One Driver, One License, One Record"), your home state will most likely take action against you as well, if you are charged with a California DUI. The Interstate Driver's License Compact is upheld by 44 states, the only states that are not members are: Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. Items that you should consider closely include: the documentation of your conviction, the requirements upheld for out of state DUI offenders in your home state, and the agency/address you were told to report to. If you have been charged with out of state DUI in California, speak with a Rancho Cucamonga DUI lawyer at our firm today.
In most misdemeanor cases, a lawyer can represent you, without your physical presence. In the case of an out of state DUI, the arresting officer cannot confiscate your out of state license. If your home state is a part of the Interstate Driver's License Compact, the California DMV will contact your home state's motor vehicle department to notify them of your conviction. If convicted, your home state will uphold its DMV penalties. If you are charged with an out of state DUI, you are probably worried and confused and unsure as to how to move forward, as you are out of the comfort zone of your own state. Thankfully, you have nothing to fear when you turn your case over to a DUI expert who understands California law.