College students and drivers from other states arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Pennsylvania face the same criminal charges as any other drunk drivers. If you have been arrested in Northeastern Pennsylvania while visiting the state, it’s best to find a DUI attorney who understands the state laws and can help you find solutions so you can get on with your life as soon as possible.
If you live hundreds of miles away from the Scranton area and are faced with an out of state DUI conviction, who better to represent you than Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano? We know Lackawanna County’s legal system. We are well-versed in Pennsylvania laws. We want to help.
Can I lose my driver’s license in another state if I’m arrested for DUI in PA?
The laws vary from state to state. But in nearly every case, if you are arrested and convicted of DUI in Pennsylvania, the penalties for a drunk driving conviction will likely apply in your home state. Most states participate in the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, which is an agreement among 45 states and the District of Columbia, to exchange information about license suspensions and DUI offenses of non-residents. So, if you are convicted of DUI, Pennsylvania will inform your home state about the conviction and license suspension. Your home state most likely will revoke your driving privileges because of the Pennsylvania DUI and may impose additional penalties related to your home state’s laws.
Getting your driver’s license reinstated or obtaining a temporary driver’s license can be a complex process. Often, you will have to return to your home state to obtain such a license, something that can be very inconvenient, especially if you’re a college student in Pennsylvania. To learn more about how an attorney can help in these situations, call us immediately at (570) 348-0776 for a free and confidential consultation. We have experience helping out-of-staters, including Scranton college students charged with DUI.
Interstate Compact For Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS)
If you receive a DUI charge in your home state and then try to move, you may be met with some difficulty. If you are currently on probation for the DUI offense, the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) will provide how states will deal with offender transfers from state to state.
This means that to successfully move, you will need to contact your parole or probation board as well as the board of the state you will be moving to if they participate in the agreement.
States not part of the Drivers License Compact include:
While you may think this means your DUI conviction won’t follow you to these states, when applying for a new driver’s license, they will ask you if you’ve had prior offenses. If you fail to provide accurate information, you may face serious penalties, as well as the potential for a felony perjury charge.
The only safety that you can expect is that if you are not on probation for a prior DUI offense, you should not have any difficulties in the moving process.
How can a Scranton DUI defense lawyer help me if I live in another state?
Once you hire our criminal defense attorneys, we can aggressively investigate your DUI charge and make sure all the rules and regulations were followed by the arresting officer and others involved with prosecuting you. This includes making sure the breathalyzer test was administered correctly, for example, or your blood sample was stored at the proper temperature. We will challenge the state’s evidence.
Too often, people charged with a DUI think the prosecutor’s case is stronger than it really is. They may feel bullied into accepting a plea deal that can create a serious hardship for years to come. We know how the other side works, because many members of our legal team used to prosecute people charged with DWI. Our team includes a former District Attorney who helped establish our law firm. Contact us today to find out how a highly skilled attorney can help.