The consequences of getting an out-of-the-state DUI
DUI or Driving under the influence is a criminal offense that can have a major impact on one’s life if arrested for driving under influence. Many states and most places in the world consider it a crime and a breach of traffic regulation.
A significant danger to drunk driving is the possibility of being involved in an accident that could cause severe harm to other individuals and yourself. It is therefore important to be aware of how to handle out-of-the-state DUI cases and its impact as opposed to in-state DUI cases.
Many US states are part of the interstate compact or Drivers License Compact that requires its members to submit a report on every violation of traffic regulation to the national database.
This indicates that every DUI conviction out of the state will be saved in the national database.
The level of your knowledge and the effect of your out-of-the-state DUI charges will determine if your punishment can be transferred within states and the process involved during revoking a license and the impact of your DUI conviction when changing your location.
You will require the assistance of a DUI attorney to represent you in court if you are convicted of a DUI crime. Sevens Legal, APC is a group of attorneys with immense experience that can help you dismiss or reduce your DUI case.
It is practically safe to conclude that transferring DUI charges between states is possible. This implies that if you are convicted on DUI charges in a state, it is impossible to obtain a license in another state until your DUI sentence have been completed.
You might also serve similar punishment in your local state if you are convicted of DUI out-of-the-state that led to the suspension of your driver’s license. The same punishment is granted to out of the state offenders in their state, mainly because there is mutual access through the national database of DUI records and powered by the Driver’s License Compact.
This does not mean that your DUI punishment is being continued since the punishment depends on the suspension of your license. However, it is an excellent transfer of punishment because you will still be affected until the punishment has been fully served.
But five states in the U.S. are exempted from the interstate compact and don’t have access to the driving record compared to the other 45 states.
States that are excluded in the interstate compact are Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. Although these states don’t have access to your DUI records, they have strict policies and punishments for DUI offenders.
Fundamental questions are usually asked when applying for a driving license in any of these states that will indicate previous DUI convictions in other states. Providing misleading or wrong information can result in severe punishment or conviction on felony perjury.
Therefore, changing to another state during probation for DUI conviction is usually difficult. This is as a result of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offenders Supervision (ICAOS) that is responsible for managing the processes involved that show how states must deal with the transfer of offenders in each state.
You are required to get in touch with the probation panel of your local state and the new state you intend relocating to if you plan on moving to a new state while still under probation for a DUI offense. However, if your DUI charge does not carry probation, you should have no problem relocating to a new state without transferring your DUI conviction.
A DUI conviction will always affect you in a new state even if your new state does not have access to the interstate compact’s database.