If you are on vacation out of state and get charged with a DUI, you still
can face similar consequences as you do in your home state. This is because
DUI laws tend to be similar across jurisdictions. In addition, most states
have access to a national information system that keeps track of any conviction
details an individual may face. this is called the Interstate Compact.
You’ll need to travel back to the jurisdiction you were charged in
order to appear in court. This means if you were charged in Minnesota
but you live in Texas, you’ll have to make the long journey back.
If you are traveling to your date by car, keep in mind that your license
may get revoked, so plan on bringing a friend or family member along that
can drive you.
If you don’t travel to your court date, your record will reflect
that, and you can face serious consequences if you ever get into trouble
with the law again. A warrant will be put up for your arrest if you miss
your arraignment hearing. Your arrest warrant can be input into the Interstate
Compact system and can follow you back home.
If you are into self-preservation, you will attend your out-of-state court
date. If you get probation, you can work with your probation officer to
get it transferred back to your home state. You may have to fill out additional
paperwork and pay a fee, but in most cases people can get things transferred
back home. Community service can also be transferred back home as well.
Just because your DUI was out of state doesn’t mean that you are
off the hook either. If you get arrested in your home state while on probation,
you’ll be getting a call from out of state letting you know that
you violated their terms of probation and require you to attend another
If you or someone you love has been charged with a DUI,
contact the Austin DUI
Carroll Troberman, PLLC today.