Have you been arrested for drunk driving while on vacation?
Orange County is known for its booming businesses and beautiful beaches. Our county is a magnet for businesspeople and tourists alike, and tourism plays an influential role in Orange County’s economy. In 2011 alone, more than 42,900,000 people visited Orange County, according to the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.
California police will not confiscate the driver’s licenses of out-of-state drivers who are charged with driving under the influence (DUI). However, these drivers are still issued a notice of suspension of their right to drive in the state of California. The DUI process for out-of-state drivers is basically the same as it is for instate drivers; both a DMV case and a court case will be triggered. As with California driver’s license holders, the driver has ten (10) days to request a hearing with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in order to contest the suspension. While many out-of-state drivers may not be worried about any action taken by the California DMV, it is important to realize that the California DMV usually notifies the driver’s home state of the arrest and of any suspension. The out-of-state driver’s home state then may also suspend the driver’s driving privileges as a result of the DUI charge.
The Interstate Drivers License Compact
Most states, including California, belong to what is known as the “Interstate Drivers License Compact,” which is an agreement between states to share information about drivers and any traffic citations they receive. Upon learning of the California DUI offense, the driver’s home state may very well treat the DUI offense as if it were committed in the home state, by suspending the driver’s driving privileges, imposing fines, etc. Furthermore, some home states may choose to enhance the penalties that are imposed by California, and even require the driver to pay fines to them as well. All states belong to the Drivers License Compact except for Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee and Massachusetts.
It is also important to note that not only are out-of-state drivers subject to penalties imposed by the California DMV, but they are also subject to penalties that may be imposed by California courts as a result of the DUI charge. This means that California courts may even sentence out-of-state drivers to jail. While some California courts may agree to waive incarceration in a California jail, others will insist on it.
Overall, out-of-state drivers charged with DUI in California face tremendous consequences that can have a big impact both personally and financially. Therefore, in order to help minimize the consequences, it is critical for out-of-state drivers to contact as soon as possible a knowledgeable Orange County DUI lawyer who has experience in handling such cases. At the Orange County DUI Defense Group, we have knowledge and experience representing both out-of-state and instate drivers who have been arrested for drunk driving.
We offer free Orange County DUI evaluations. Contact us today for yours!