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How handle a San Diego DUI when you live out of state

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2016 | Firm News |

San Diego has a lot of people who get arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) charge who do not live in the area.  This could be a person who is a tourist, someone visiting family, or military personnel who has been re-assigned.

The good thing is in most cases the Law Offices of Mark Deniz can go to court on yuour behalf.  Today I want to focus a little on how a San Diego DUI can affect an out of state drivers license.

So many people believe that because they do not possess a California drivers license their license privileges will not be affected. That is mostly not true.  In the end this is why you need an attorney who works in this field to navigate you.  Call our office now at 858-751-4384 to get started.

A driver arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (San Diego DUI) and who is licensed in another state faces unique challenges because of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC). The IDLC is an agreement by 45 states to share information about driving-related arrests and convictions. It can be a very tricky procedure.   The Law Offices of Mark Deniz can advise whether the IDLC will affect a driver’s privileges in his or her home state.  Call now for a free consultation at 858-751-4384.


Only five states – Wisconsin, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Michigan – are not part of the IDLC. The other 45 states have agreed to notify one another when a driver is arrested or convicted of a San Diego DUI. This means that an individual arrested for drunk driving in California may face a suspended license and/or a fine in the state that issued the driver’s license.

Other states will only recognize or take action after being notified of a San Diego DUI court conviction. Among the states that will only act upon a court conviction, some will only take action if the burden of obtaining a criminal conviction in the other state is equal to the home state. Some states may add additional penalties, and some will impose fewer consequences than New York.

The good news for DUI drivers licensed in states that belong to the Interstate Driver’s License Compact is that despite promises to notify one another about driving-related crimes, communication between the states remains poor. If California never communicates the driver’s loss of privileges to the licensing state, no other action will be taken. If the driver’s home state takes no action to rescind privileges, the driver still holds a valid license, and can continue to drive legally in every state except California.

Call our office now for a free consultation at 858-751-4384.  The worse thing that you can do is ignore how to navigate the licensing issues you face when you get a San Diego DUI.  I have seen many people get little or no advice and find their situaion much worse and tedious then it had to be.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  

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