Out of State DUI Arrests
Were you arrested while visiting the Los Angeles area?
If you currently live in another state and were arrested for DUI in California, you may face repercussions both in California and in your home state. California and 44 other states are a part of the International Driver's License Compact, wherein these states have agreed on the principle "One Driver, One License, One Record." These states share information about a person's driving record. If you are arrested for DUI and are convicted in California, you can expect your home state to impose DMV penalties as well (for example, they can suspend your license).
How does Gold & Witham handle out of state DUI arrest cases?
If you have been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas—and yet live in another state—you will need a Los Angeles DUI lawyer on your side. At Gold & Witham, our attorneys understand how to help drivers with an out of state license fight their DUI in California.
In fact, in most misdemeanor DUI cases, our firm may be able to represent you without your presence. This means that you may be able to go home and let Gold & Witham handle the entire DUI process. Because our firm has a thorough understanding of California law as it applies to driving under the influence cases, we can effectively build a defense in your favor.
Legal Repercussions of an Out of State DUI
Regardless of what state you live in, if you are arrested for DUI in California and do not have a California driver's license, the arresting officer cannot confiscate your home state license. Instead, he or she will issue you a slip of paper that states your California driving privileges will be suspended in 30 days. From the date of your arrest, you have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles in order to contest the suspension of your California driving privileges. Additionally, the California DMV will inform your home state's motor vehicle department of your arrest and conviction if that state is a part of the Driver's License Compact. If you are convicted, your home state will impose the DMV penalties of your state.
When arrested for a DUI, you need to handle your DMV hearing correctly. If you do not schedule the hearing within 10 days of the arrest, your driving privileges will be suspended. It is strongly advised that you contact Gold & Witham to schedule your DMV hearing and represent you.
The likelihood of being able to continue to drive in California can be increased with the help of a knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer. There are certain conditions under which the suspension can be waived and this can be pursued by your defense attorney. Even if you have an out of state driver's license, you still will be facing serious penalties in your DUI charges. A conviction can mean serious consequences for you, including jail time and steep fines, as well as mandated treatment programs and community service. It is crucial that you have legal counsel to protect your rights in the California courts. At Gold & Witham, our attorneys can defend your rights.