If you were charged with a DUI in Georgia with an out-of-state driver’s license, you will need to reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled Cobb County DUI lawyer.
What are Georgia’s DUI laws with an out-of-state driver’s license?
It is important to recognize that any individual who resides outside of Georgia and is arrested with DUI in Georgia will face similar legal consequences that Georgia residents face. The legal penalties will largely depend on the number of offenses the person has on record.
Georgia only has the authority to suspend licenses from out-of-state offenders. However, this may not signify your home state will not impose sanctions based on your Georgia DUI case, as there is DUI reciprocity between states. Note that the state of Georgia can suspend or revoke a person’s privilege to drive in the state based on their case.
Under Georgia’s implied consent warning, if a driver is suspected of DUI and refuses the state-administered chemical testing, the state will stop the right to drive on the highways.
The non-Georgia resident may encounter consequences including jail time, steep fines, probation, and community service. Furthermore, your home state can impose license penalties on your case. The proceedings typically take a long time and demand you to travel back and forth, which is costly and time-consuming.
You will want to work closely with a Georgia DUI defense lawyer to take care of some of the case procedures for you and bypass the annoyances of the court system.
What is the Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC)?
The IDLC is an agreement in 46 states, including the District of Columbia, for sharing information regarding driver’s license suspension and infractions done by non-residents to the home state. It includes states sharing DUI information to underscore the point that:
- The member states keep track of all traffic offenses and people that commit them in other states.
- Member states will penalize residents who commit traffic offenses in other states as though the infraction was committed in the home state.
Not that the state of Georgia is not currently part of the IDLC.
Defending Out-of-State DUI Charges in Georgia
DUI laws are usually different in every state, which is why it is best to work with a DUI defense attorney who comprehends the law in the state that arrests you. Depending on the court proceedings, you may or may not be required to be physically present in the court for the arraignment. Give our firm a call today to discuss the details of your case and your options.
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If you are facing criminal charges, or have been injured due to the negligence of another party, our firm will fight for you. Contact Miller Law Practice today.