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Can I Lose My Out of State License After a CA DUI?

California is a big place, and in Orange County, we have a lot of visitors coming to see the beautiful beaches and visit places like nearby San Diego and Disney Land.

Considering the number of people who come to Orange County for business or pleasure, it’s not unusual that our office deals with DUIs from people who don’t live in California, but who actually live in other states.

If you were arrested for DUI in California, you may be wondering, “Why didn’t the police take my out of state driver’s license?” and “Will I have to fly back to California to show up in court?” Continue reading below for your answers.

Your Out of State Driver’s License

The fact that the police did not take your out of state driver’s license was no error. You see, California does not have any jurisdiction over your out of state license. California does not have the authority to take away a driver’s license that was issued in another state.

Your out of state driver’s license is owned by the state that issued it, so that’s why the police never confiscated it from you here in Orange County.

Should you go to court?

You cannot ignore the criminal proceeding in California. Should YOU go to court? Either you will need to be there, or you need to hire private counsel and have your attorney appear on your behalf.

If you want to continue being able to drive in California, for example, if you travel here frequently for your job, or to see your children, then you must request a DMV hearing within 10 days of the DUI arrest.

In the face of California DUI charges, it’s in your best interests to have a local DUI attorney on board with you. That means that if you’re already back home, you need to contact an Orange County DUI lawyer ASAP.

If you’re looking for a highly-qualified DUI defense attorney, check out our founder’s attorney profile page. Attorney Landry earned the reputation as Orange County’s DUI Queen for a reason!

For a local DUI attorney, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a free consultation!