DUI for Out-Of-State Drivers
You should not ignore California drunk driving charges if you are from out of state. There may be criminal and driver’s licensing consequences, plus additional consequences in your home state if you are convicted of DUI in California.
I am criminal defense attorney John Patrick Ryan. If you were arrested for drunk driving in California but you live in another state, I am available to represent you in California DUI proceedings. These cases tend to be more complex than a traditional DUI case, so it is important to act quickly and seek help from a DUI attorney for out-of-state drivers as soon as possible.
Please contact my law office in Visalia today for a free 30-minute phone consultation.
The Implications of a California DUI Arrest
” I’m not from California, so it doesn’t matter if I am arrested for drunk driving in California because I can return to my home state without consequences — right?“
Many people are under the mistaken belief that out-of-state DUI charges don’t matter. However, this is not true. California is one of the 45 states that is a part of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC). Inclusion in the IDLC means that information about the DUI arrest may be shared with authorities in the driver’s home state. The home state may choose to impose driver’s license restrictions or other penalties. So the individual who was arrested may face penalties in California and their home state.
It is critical to talk to an attorney if you have been arrested for DUI in California. Not all attorneys handle DUI cases, and not all DUI attorneys represent out-of-state clients. I have handled numerous DUI cases and can help you determine your strongest defense options. Please do not hesitate to call my law office to learn about your options.
Individuals who have been arrested for DUI in California must schedule a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days of their DUI arrest. Failure to do so may result in automatic suspension of driver’s license and loss of driving privileges in California.