Out of State Punishment?
If you are a Texas resident and you get arrested for DUI outside of the state, what will happen? Will you be extradited back to Texas to face charges? Or will the charges be handled in the state where you were arrested? In this blog post, we will discuss what happens if a Texas resident gets a DUI out of state.
Driver License Compact
The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an agreement between member states in the United States that allows them to share information regarding traffic offenses. Texas is a member state of the DLC, meaning that if you are a Texas resident and get a DUI in another member state (all states except Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Michigan), that state will notify the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
The notification process works like this: the arresting officer will confiscate your driver's license and send it, along with a report detailing the offense, to the DPS. The DPS will then add the offense to your driving record and take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include suspending or revoking your license.
How It Works
If you are a Texas resident and you get a DUI outside of Texas, the offense will still show up on your driving record, and you may face disciplinary action from the DPS. It's important to note that the severity of the punishment will depend on the laws of the state where the offense occurred. For example, if you are arrested for a DUI in a state with stricter penalties, you may face tougher consequences than if you had been arrested in Texas.
Bottom line: if you are a Texas resident and you get a DUI outside of Texas, the offense will be reported to the DPS and may result in disciplinary action against your driver's license. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws of the state where you will be driving to avoid getting a DUI. And always remember to drive safely and sober!
Seek the Help of a DUI Defense Attorney
If you are charged with a DUI, whether in or out of Texas, know that the team at Jeff Gilbert Law Office can help protect you. We will defend you against the charges to get your name cleared.
Learn more about Texas DUI laws or schedule a consultation by calling (979) 200-6556 or by visiting our website.