What happens if you get an out of state DWI? 31 Answers as of June 29, 2011

My child was charged with a DWI out of state. We hired a lawyer there, but did not know if there anything that we need to do in state, where we are from.

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Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
I do not believe there is much that you can help with but you may want to speak with the out of state attorney about any records or documents located in your state which may assist in your son defense in the other state.
Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
Replied: 6/29/2011
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
He/she should do whatever it takes to avoid a suspension in that state. If the license is suspended there it will also cause a suspension here. There is no duty to disclose but it here but it probably will be counted as a prior in Cal. and if there is another conviction within 10 years the penalties are increased.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/27/2011
Bloom Legal, LLC
Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
It is best to hire an attorney who practices in the state in which your son is facing DWI charges. You may want to consider consulting with a local attorney but for the most part the aspects of your son's case and penalties will all be handled in the state in which he was arrested and charged.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 6/24/2011
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
The state where you are located will give full faith and credit to the judgment of another state. Normally, this means that upon conviction of a DUI in another state the state where you have your driver's license will record the conviction and suspend your driving privileges accordingly.There is nothing needed in your home state.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/23/2011
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
It may depend upon which state is involved whether you need to do anything regarding NY state. You should hire a NY attorney and tell him about the other state and give him all facts and details including the contact information for the other state attorney.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/23/2011
    Pontrello Law
    Pontrello Law | William Pontrello
    in Florida all DUI, DWIs count on your record from any state or country. they are used to enhance the punishment here.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre | Jonathan T. Sarre
    The biggest thing you usually need to be concerned about is how your kid's license will be affected by the out-of-state charge. If he or she gets a license suspension in the other state as a result of a conviction or a breath test refusal, that state will likely get the information regarding the conviction to your state and your state may reciprocate by suspending your child's license in your home state.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    The other State will report the conviction to your State and your State will probably suspend his license because of it.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Steven C. Bullock
    You need not do anything locally, but rest assured the arrest will in all likelihood show up on his driving record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    In most states, an out-of-state conviction will be sent to your state of licensing.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    That would depend on the state you live in. I only know about Washington. In this state we are part of the Interstate Compact on Drivers' Licensing. Consequently, a DUI conviction occurring in any state that is signatory to the compact must advise the other compact states of the conviction. Likewise, compact states honor other the convictions of any other compact states. For instance, if I were to have a DUI conviction in Oregon, my license to drive would be suspended in both states. For non-compact states, there is a piecemeal sharing of conviction data. However, unless your home state is Washington, I really can't accurately answer your question and I would suggest you talk to a lawyer in your own state.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    Most states have a reciprocal agreement that your license will be suspended in your home state if your privilege to operate a vehicle is revoked or suspended in another state. His insurance will rise dramatically if the company finds out so make the payments on time and don't change companies or inform them of the arrest.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Every state honors the court orders and DMV orders of every other state. A DUI conviction there counts as a prior in every state. He will have to comply with that courts orders and sentencing there. If he gets a suspension there, it applies here.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    The DUI must be handled in the location where it occurred. You will not have to do anything from where you live.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    No. Your child is not facing direct consequences in this State from an out-of-state DWI. Not unless there's a conviction and then your child is arrested on a new charge here.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/22/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    No, you do not need to do anything in the state you are from, if the DWI was in another state.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    The Chastaine Law Office
    The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
    There is nothing that needs to be done in California for an out of state DUI. However, California normally honors the out of states position regarding the status of the license. In other words, if the license is suspended out of state, it will be suspended for that period of time her in California.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    It depends if states are part of compact for reciprocity. If you home state has not taken any action do nothing. If home state has sent notice you should contact a dwi mv lawyer in home state so they can best advise you.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    There may be some licensing issues in your home state (depending on which two states are involved). Other than that, the DUI will be dealt with in the state where it occurred.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    Call an attorney experienced with DWI/DUI where you live.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Fitzpatrick, Mariano, & Santos, PC
    Fitzpatrick, Mariano, & Santos, PC | Raymond J. Savoy
    The arresting state will advise your home state of the arrest. In Connecticut, your operator's license could be suspended and the state will treat the arrest as a first offense for future penalties. My advice is to call your home state's motor vehicle department and check if your license is suspended.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    If the other state is part of the interstate compact, a conviction there may lead to drivers license issues here. You will get a letter from Colorado DMV if that happens.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    If there is an out of state conviction for OWI, it will be reported to the state in which you have a driver's license. Your state can impose penalties as allowed by law through the secretary of state. In other words, an out of state conviction for OWI, once reported to the Michigan Secretary of State, can result in a suspension, by the Secretary of State, of your Michigan driving privileges.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    Oregon will suspend you if they figure out that you have a DUII conviction in another state. The suspension will be for a specific time period, probably with the opportunity to seek a hardship license. As long as you keep your address updated with the DMV, you'll get a notice with the dates as soon as they catch it.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    No, there's nothing else to do. The out-of-state lawyer needs to make sure that any classes your son is required to take are ordered to take place in California.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    If you receive an out of State DWI, it is usually reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles in the State where the license was issued. As a result, a license revocation in the issuing State usually occurs based on the issuing States Implied Consent Laws.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    The case will be handled in the state that he received the DUI. So you did the right thing if you hired an experienced DUI attorney who is licensed in that state and familiar with those courts.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    All court proceedings will be held and conducted in that state. If placed on probation, they could transfer the probation to his home state or possibly have him report via phone or mail from his home state. It would be up to the DUI state to transfer any information about any conviction to the DMV of the home state.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Probably not at this time. However, be aware of the status of his license in the other state. Most, if not all, states have reciprocal driver's license suspension laws so if his privilege to drive gets suspended in the other state, then they will notify the home state and the home state will honor the suspension.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/21/2011
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