With Disney Land, Laguna and Newport Beaches, Orange County is a popular
tourist destination. Not only is OC beautiful nearly every day of the
year, it’s about a two-hour drive to another popular tourist spot
– San Diego, home to the San Diego Zoo and Seaworld.
Since Orange County is a tourist magnet, we see our fair share of out-of-state
DUIs. If you live in another state and you were arrested for driving under
the influence (DUI), you’re probably wondering how a California
DUI conviction would affect your driving privileges in your home state.
Will your home state find out about the DUI? Will you lose your license
Due to the Driver’s License Compact,
45 member states exchange information about the traffic violations, license suspensions
and DUIs of nonresidents. The theme of this interstate agreement is “One
Driver, One License, One Record.” Under the Driver’s License
Compact, the licensing authority of a member state must report each conviction
of a driver from another member state to the driver’s home state.
What if I’m Convicted of DUI in California?
If you are convicted of DUI in California, the license authority in your
home state shall impose the
same penalties as if you had committed DUI back home. This applies to a
drug or alcohol-related DUI,
felony DUI, or a hit and run etc.
Do you live in a non-member state? Let’s take a look: The five
non-member states include: Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. All
other states, including the District of Columbia are members of the Compact.
If you live in a member state:
- Out-of-state DUIs will be reported back to your home state.
Your home state’s laws will apply to your
out-of-state DUI offense.
Regardless if you’re a California resident or not, you will still
be involved in a DUI criminal court hearing in Orange County. While this
cannot be handled over the phone, a California DUI defense attorney
may be able to appear on your behalf.
If you take your DUI case to trial, a judge will decide whether you need
to be present; however, it’s a good idea to be present at trial.
Juries are human and less likely to convict defendants when they are able
to make eye contact with them. The good news is that if your charges are
reduced or dismissed in Orange County, your home state may not take
To learn more about your options, we encourage you to contact the
Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to schedule a
free case evaluation! Read about
our team here.