If you’ve been arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in a state other than your own you will probably have to go through the same channels and process as residents of that state. The process is somewhat different in every state, but there are also many similarities between the DUI processes of most states. Whatever the state, the DUI process is probably going to take many months. If you’ve been arrested for an out of state DUI, here are some steps you will most likely have to take.
Call a Lawyer. The very first thing you should do if you are arrested for a DUI is to call an Attorney in the local area. A local Attorney will be better able to guide you through the ins and outs of that state’s legal process. Tell the officer at the police department that you want to talk to an Attorney so that you can get advice as soon as possible. If you want to learn more about the specific process in a state, try checking online for DUI facts.
Licensing Issues. Contact the licensing agency or department both in the state where you were arrested and in your home state. You should find out what actions are being taken against you and what steps you need to take to fight those actions. Make sure that you don’t forget to contact your home state to find out about any additional steps you might need to take to keep your license at home. Your attorney should also be able to answer some of these questions for you.
Arraignment. Generally happens very soon after an arrest. Time frames can vary, but expect to appear in court for the first time as soon as the next business day following your arrest. This is where you enter your plea and your appearance is mandatory. Most courts will advise you of your rights at this time.
Hearings and Court Dates. You will have to appear in person for these, even if you live out of state. This could mean multiple trips back and forth between your home state and the state in which you were arrested. A good attorney can make this easier on you by working with your schedule, especially if you have to fly in from far away.
Treatment. In many states, getting alcohol treatment or taking classes is part of the process. Getting into treatment as soon as you possibly can is a very good thing. Treatment may even be mandatory, so the sooner you get started the better. If you are from out of state you may be able to get this treatment in your home state, but check with your lawyer to make sure of this first.
Sentencing. Depending on your history you could get jail time, community service, fines, in-home detention, or mandatory alcohol classes or treatment. Your attorney can advise you best on what to expect.