Summertime travel season is in full swing and that means there are more out-of-state drivers on the road all over the country. If you are arrested for a DUI in Georgia, but you are a resident of a different state, this will likely affect your driving privileges in both Georgia and your home state. The process of dealing with your case will be different for a Georgia resident.
What Happens When You Get an Out of State DUI?
First, your license will be suspended in the state of Georgia. Georgia will always send a record of your conviction and suspension to your home state and your driving privileges there will be completely up to that state. So, it is important to contact your local DMV or an attorney in your state to find out what will likely happen to your license in your home state and what you need to do about it. In most cases, if you are an out-of-state resident, you will probably be able to get the Georgia Prosecutor and judge to allow you to fulfill the requirements of your criminal punishment in your home state. You would then have to report to probation in Georgia over the phone and mail all of your completed requirements, such as community service and DUI School, back to Georgia.
If you live in Georgia and still hold an out-of-state license, you may want to go ahead and get a Georgia license. That’s because Georgia residents who are arrested for the first time for a DUI are given the opportunity to apply for a temporary driving permit and/or early reinstatement. For example, for a first DUI in Georgia, you usually get a one-year license suspension and a limited permit for 120 days. Then, if you complete Georgia DUI School and pay a reinstatement fee, you can get your license back. But, this is only applicable to people who have a Georgia license. If you hold an out-of-state license or live out of state, you are not eligible for these benefits.
Arrested for Out of State DUI? – Get Advice Immediately
Contact a dui lawyer as soon as possible to begin the process of defending your case and ensuring the best possible outcome in court. Don’t let a drunk driving conviction ruin your driving record.
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