Does My State Know About My DUI In Another State?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal in every state, and in every state, the legal intoxication limit is .08 percent. DUI might be called by a different name from state to state, such as OVI, OUI, or DWI, but it is the same offense. The only way DUIs differ from state to state is: A) in name and B) by how they are punished.

There is something called the Interstate Driver License Compact (DLC). It allows states to exchange information concerning driver's license suspensions/revocations and traffic violations, this includes DUI offenses. The DLC states that, as long as the other state has an equivalent law, the offender can be punished for it out of state. Because every state has DUI laws, a DUI license suspension in California would mean that your license is also suspended in Arizona.

Conversely, this means if you are pulled over for DUI in Texas and you are a resident of California, the California DMV will find out about it. You cannot have your license suspended in one state but legally drive in another.

All states participate in the DLC with the exception of:

  • Georgia
  • Wisconsin
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Tennessee

It is also important to remember that drunk driving offenses are both civil and criminal matters. Out of state DUI arrests will affect your license in your home state, which is the civil component of your case. DUIs are also criminal offenses, handled in the jurisdiction in which they occur.

If you are an out of state resident and you were arrested for drunk driving while visiting Los Angeles, California, Gold & Witham may be able to handle your case in your stead. Contact us today for more information.

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