As a driver, the state that issued your driver’s license is responsible
for your actions on the road. This means that, for example, if you were
caught speeding in Arizona but you are from California, the state of California
is responsible for ensuring your punishment. This can be complicated when
states have different laws regarding, not only the rules of the road,
but also how they punish drivers that do not abide by these laws.
In order to compensate for the different laws in different states, 45 states
across the country have established the Interstate Driver’s License
Compact (DLC) to exchange information about the driving records that occur
to non-residents in these states.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for driving under the influence
in San Diego, consulting with a DUI attorney can help you determine your
next steps. Even if you do not live in California, you may need aggressive
defense on your behalf!
Call Mark R. De Yoe, APLC today.
How the DLC Affects Your License
According to the rules of the DLC, any traffic violation occurring in a
member state affects your license and driving record as though it occurred
in your home state. This includes any charges of driving under the influence
you may be facing. The only states that are not members of the DLC are
Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Under the DLC:
- You may only have one driver’s license belonging to one state.
- You are unable to maintain multiple driver’s licenses for multiple states.
- Any traffic violation that occurs in another state will be reported.
- The laws of your home state will apply to out-of-state violations.
- No action can be taken by your home state if an equivalent law does not exist.
This means that a DUI occurring in California will carry the penalties
of your home state, regardless of the difference in law. While some California
violations do not require the installation of an ignition interlock device,
for example, other states will require that you install one upon your
first DUI conviction.
Your San Diego DUI may carry significant penalties that you are not even aware of! For more information about how you can be affected by a DUI charge in
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When the law is concerned, your best bet is to approach any situation with
the best possible defense. The San Diego DUI attorney Mark R. De Yoe has
over 30 years of experience defending against DUI accusations and is available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect your rights.
Learn more by filling out an
initial case consultation or
calling our office immediately!