Out of State DUI Laws
The Martin Law Firm is an experienced DUI defense law practice located in Montgomery County, PA. Our skilled DUI lawyers have been representing clients in Norristown, PA, as well as the surrounding areas, including Blue Bell, King of Prussia and Ambler, for over 10 years. Our DUI lawyers have helped many individuals facing Pennsylvania DUI charges to achieve the most favorable outcome possible, which many include ARD, plea or trial. Learn more about Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) for first-time DUI offenders in PA.
I Have Been Charged With or Convicted of an Out of State DUI – What Does This Mean?
At The Martin Law Firm, our experienced PA DUI lawyers often represent clients who have been charged with or convicted of an out of state DUI. If you are a Pennsylvania resident and you are charged with a DUI in New Jersey or another state, it is important to contact a PA DUI lawyer right away. An experienced PA DUI lawyer can counsel you on the Drivers License Compact Law of 1961 and its consequences. Pennsylvania is officially a member of the Drivers License Compact of 1961.
Out of State DUI – The Drivers License Compact of 1961
The Drivers License Compact of 1961 is an interstate agreement designed to promote highway safety and traffic law obedience by out of state motorists. The law requires driver’s license suspension or revocation under the laws of the home state upon conviction of a DUI offense in another state that belongs to the Compact. Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Ohio are just some of the members of the Compact.
Common Out of State DUI Scenarios
1. PA Residents Facing Out-of-State DUI
PA residents often inquire whether a DUI offense in another state can subject the PA resident to license suspension in Pennsylvania. The PA resident who is convicted of DUI in another state, for purposes of imposing an operating privilege suspension, will be treated in PA as having violated the PA DUI law (75 Pa.C.S.A. 3802). Under current law, there will be no suspension if the PA resident had a BAC of .08-.99 (or lower) and the person does not have any prior DUI convictions within 10 years from the out-of-state DUI. The offense will appear on the person’s record and will count toward the habitual offender designation pursuant to 75 Pa.C.S.A. 1542, which could result in a 5 year suspension. These first time offenders will not undergo a suspension, but they must undergo probation of up to 6 months, pay a $500 fine, attend a highway safety school and comply with drug and alcohol treatment requirements.
In all other instances, a suspension shall be issued for 12 months for an ungraded misdemeanor or misdemeanor of the second degree or 18 months for a misdemeanor of the first degree.
2. Out-of-State Resident Charged with PA DUI
Pennsylvania is obligated to report a conviction to Ohio and other states belonging to the Drivers License Compact.
PA DUI Lawyers
The Norristown DUI lawyers at The Martin Law Firm offer a free consultation for anyone charged with a Pennsylvania DUI. Our PA DUI lawyers represent individuals from Norristown, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, and the rest of Montgomery County, PA. As with all PA DUI matters, anyone charged or convicted should always seek the assistance of an experienced PA DUI attorney as soon as possible following the arrest. Contact The Martin Law Firm at 215-646-3980 for a free case evaluation.