College students and drivers from other states arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Pennsylvania face the same criminal charges as drunk drivers from Scranton, Dunmore, Old Forge and other places in Northeastern Pennsylvania. If you have been arrested in 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 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 DUI 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.
“How can a Scranton DUI defense lawyer help me if I live in another state?”
If you are represented by us, 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 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.