What Happens if I Get an Out-of-State DUI?

What Happens if I Get an Out-of-State DUI?

A DUI charge is never a good thing to have on your driving record, but it can be even worse if it occurs out-of-state. As if criminal penalties weren’t enough, you will also face license penalties in your home state. If you have prior DUI or other criminal convictions, these penalties may be even more severe.

The legal blood alcohol concentration limit is the same in each state – any BAC over .08 can get you charged with DUI if you are stopped by law enforcement. However, each state has different ways of charging DUI offenses.

Most states have agreed to what is known as an interstate driver’s license compact, which means that if you are stopped in State B, information about your DUI arrest will be sent to the DMV/licensing agency in State A, your home state. Once they find out about your DUI, they can then impose license penalties in your home state that you must deal with in addition to your out-of-state criminal charges.

How Can an Attorney Help?

The state where your DUI occurred cannot take away your out-of-state license, but they do have the power to impose jail time, fines, and other punishments. If your license is taken away, contact an attorney immediately for help getting it back. While they may have the power to suspend your driving privileges in their state, they are not allowed to take your actual license – only your state of residence can do that.

As with any DUI charge, the outcome of your case is based on its own unique circumstances. It is important to consult with a DUI attorney if you are facing out-of-state DUI charges so that you can decide how to proceed with your case. You will have to work together to decide whether it is more beneficial for you to challenge or accept the allegations of the other state, and make arrangements for how you prepare to either defend yourself or accept a plea and its associated costs.

Aggressive Legal Representation from a Former Officer

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Phoenix, we understand that you may have questions about how to proceed. You may not be familiar with Arizona’s laws since you are from a different state. Rest assured that the DUI lawyers at Knowles Law Firm, PLC can help you resolve your out-of-state DUI charges.

To secure the best outcome possible for your case, call the experienced Phoenix criminal defense lawyers at Knowles Law Firm, PLC. As a former Arizona police officer, Attorney Knowles has extensive knowledge of DUI and other traffic stops and can help you build a successful strategy to reduce or eliminate your charges. Call today toll-free for a no-cost consultation at (888) 332-5621.

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