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California DUIs for out-of-state drivers

Driving under the influence is a dangerous choice that can lead to a fatal outcome. Over the years, the government has been cracking down on DUI incidents, and many who are caught in such behavior face criminal charges

It is important to understand what the charges entail. For out-of-state drivers, there are a few important facts to understand about a California DUI.

DUI law

Law enforcement is not able to confiscate the driver's license of an out-of-state driver. However, authorities may issue an order of suspension to revoke the person's driving privileges in the state of California. This suspension would stay in place until the driver fulfills the set requirements. To gain a full understanding of these terms and other related requirements, it may be helpful to review the law


Once drivers receive DUI charges, they have the choice to either let the charges stand or to fight them. Those who choose to negate the charges have 10 days to request a hearing. During the hearing, the driver must show that the law enforcement officer did not handle the process correctly in order to win the case. It is helpful to hire an attorney for such instances, especially in the case of out-of-state drivers, seeing as the attorney may be able to represent them without the defendant being present.

Possible penalties

Common penalties of jail time and fees do apply. Some drivers may think that they can escape the charges by returning to their home state, but this is not the case. In fact, there are several states that are a part of the Interstate Driver's License Compact, which report traffic violations to each other. As such, drivers may face additional penalties in their home states.

Understanding these key facts can help drivers in making the best decisions in regard to their out-of-state DUI. For those seeking a hearing, it is important to select a knowledgeable attorney they can trust to represent them and seek the best possible outcome.

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