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The myth of the vanishing DUI when moving out of state

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2021 | DUI - Drunk Driving |

Residents of Oklahoma might want to learn that certain myths surround a move to a new state during a pending DUI conviction. You will want to be aware that because of two interstate compacts, the Driver’s License Compact and the Nonresident Violator Compact, your DUI is sure to follow you if you move.

What is the DLC?

The Driver’s License Compact is an agreement that reports driving convictions to one state that occurred while you lived in another state. For example, if you moved from New York to California, the New York DUI would be in a report to the California DMV; it would appear when you went to get a driving license in California.

Your new state would evaluate you

If you met the requirements in your previous state, the new home state would make note that your previous driver’s license has been reinstated. If you have not resolved the DUI in your previous state, your records would show this in your new home state. The result would likely be that you do not get a driver’s license in your new state of residence.

Another myth

According to Breathe Easy Insurance, there is another myth that people believe: If their license receives suspension for a DUI in a different state and they move to a new one, then their license will no longer be in suspension. You must satisfy the suspension period from your former state before the issuance of a driver’s license in your new state.

If you are under arrest for a DUI, whether moving out of state or not, it may be wise to consult a knowledgeable attorney who is versed in this type of defense. Drunk driving is taken seriously, so you’ll want an advocate to help you find the best possible resolution.