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Do DUI Convictions Transfer from State to State?

If you are convicted of a DUI while visiting another state, will that charge follow you to your home state? That depends on whether the state is a member of the Driver License Compact (DLC). The DLC is an agreement that allows a motorist’s home state and the state where he/she incurred a vehicular infraction to exchange information. Today, we go over how DUI convictions transfer from state to state and what you need to know about the DLC.

If you received a DUI in another state or are planning on relocating with a DUI charge, contact our office online today for assistance.

What Is the Driver License Compact?

The DLC is an agreement between 45 states that holds drivers to similar standards and allows them to share data and information with other states regarding driving infractions, including DUIs. Therefore, if you are convicted of a DUI in another state while on vacation, the charge will most likely follow you back home.

It is important to clarify that not all states in the U.S. are members of the DLC and each state responds differently to information. Here are the states that are not included in the DLC:

  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin

If you are a driver from the above state or moving to one of these states, this does not mean you can avoid facing the consequences of a DUI.

What Happens if You Are Convicted of a DUI in WV and Move Out of State?

Penalties for a DUI conviction generally transfer from state to state. You cannot move out of state just to avoid DUI penalties and could get into more trouble if you attempt to do so.

If you are convicted of a DUI in West Virginia and move out of state, you must still abide by your original home’s state laws. The state generally wants you present for any penalties you may face for a DUI in West Virginia. For instance, if you must serve jail time, you will most likely do so in the locality where you committed the DUI offense. It is possible for an experienced attorney to advocate for you to serve your time in your new home state though.

There are certain parts of the DUI process that do not require you to return to West Virginia to complete. It would be advisable to consult with an attorney to determine what these parts are and whether he/she can appear on your behalf for court proceedings.

If you received a DUI in another state or are in the process of moving, it would be advisable to ensure you know how a DUI conviction can affect you. Contact our office online or reach us at (304) 867-0049 to schedule a consultation.