When Georgians Get a DUI Out of State
What Happens Next?
If you are a Georgia resident and were arrested for a DUI in a different state while traveling this summer, you may be wondering how the arrest will affect your driving privileges in the state of Georgia. Your case will be tried in the state of your arrest, so you will need to hire a lawyer in that state to help try your case. In many cases, you may be able to allow your lawyer to represent you without traveling back to that state to be present for court appearances. In the meantime, it is a good idea to contact a Georgia lawyer or a local Department of Motor Vehicles to see how the arrest will affect you in Georgia.
The National Driver Registry
Georgia is part the National Driver Registry. This is the system that allows states to share information about DUI convictions between one another. If you are convicted of a DUI in another state, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)will receive the information from the convicting state and uphold the conviction. Your conviction will be treated as if you were convicted in the state of Georgia. That means that the penalties will be the same as if you were arrested in Georgia. They will be based on Georgia laws for blood-alcohol level, number of offenses and age, among other factors.
You will also still have to meet the requirements for the conviction in the state of your arrest. It will be up to the Prosecutor in the state of your arrest, but in most cases, you would be able to complete these requirements in Georgia and then send the information to that state. You may also be able to complete your probation over phone and email. So, for example, if you are required to complete Drug and Alcohol evaluations, by both states, you can finish it at home in Georgia and send the information to the other state.
When You Get a DUI Out of State, 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. It is a complicated process dealing with the consequences of two states, but a local DUI lawyer can help you understand what happens when you get a dui out of state. Don’t let a drunk driving conviction ruin your driving record.
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