Are you a resident of Orange County, California who has plans to move
out of state for school, a job opportunity, or to be closer to friends or family? But,
what if you were recently arrested for driving under the influence, how
DUI arrest affect your moving plans?
If this explains your current predicament, you’re probably wondering
how you’re going to handle your California DUI case, if you’ll
have to travel back to California for court hearings, and if the California
DUI will affect your ability to obtain a driver’s license in the
state where you’re moving to – these are all valid questions!
Arrested for DUI and Leaving California?
Before you do anything, contact an Orange County
DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for legal advice.
If you are required to complete alcohol education classes, attend AA meetings
and a MADD victim impact panel, and perform community service, we can
coordinate that and ask the court to let you complete the requirements
(where applicable) in the state that you’re moving to.
If you ignore your DUI charges, or if you plead guilty, or if you are convicted
of DUI, you can expect to encounter driver’s license hassles wherever
you are going, especially if your license is
suspended in California. If you’re convicted of DUI in OC, you’ll be
placed on DUI probation for 3 to 5 years.
The terms of DUI probation usually include paying fines, restitution, staying
away from bars and liquor stores, not breaking the law, and not possessing
or consuming alcohol until the probation is over. You will need to talk
to an OC DUI lawyer about your probation if you plan to move out of state.
Ignoring probation could quickly result in a probation violation (PV),
a bench warrant, an arrest, and incarceration.
Get a Local DUI Defense Attorney on Your Side
If you’re concerned about moving to the other state and having to
travel back to California to appear in court, there is a solution. Under
California’s Penal Code Section 977(a), an attorney can appear on
your behalf, which is essentially the same as you being there in person.
If you are still planning on moving to another state, you need an experienced
lawyer to carry this case for you. This would help you avoid travelling
back and forth, or worse, having a warrant for your arrest issued if you
fail to appear for any reason. Of course, our #1 goal is to fight your
DUI charges and see if we can get your case dismissed. If that’s
not possible, we’ll work hard to negotiate with the prosecutor so
we can get the penalties reduced as much as possible.
Facing DUI charges and moving out of state? Don’t wait –
contact us for a free consultation!