When you have been charged with a DUI offense in Georgia and you live in another state, you may be unsure of what the next step is. Georgia has been part of the Non-Resident Driver Compact since 1980, so if you are convicted of DUI you will face the effects of the penalties that are imposed in Georgia and by the state in which you reside. If you are arrested in Georgia but live in another state, you may be unable to attend hearings in Georgia. In many cases, our firm is able to handle DUI cases without the defendant actually being present, provided that they are no longer being detained.
There are only two states that are not part of either this pact nor the Driver's License Compact (DLC): Wisconsin and Michigan. However, both can decide to suspend your driver's license if they find out about a conviction in another state. Effectively, you are facing punishment in Georgia for the criminal offense and suspension of your driver's license in your home state. You would have to reinstate your privilege to drive in Georgia and your actual driver's license in your home state. Out of state drivers pose special concerns and need the best possible defense to insure that they get the best possible result.
Effective Defense from an Atlanta DUI Attorney
When you are living out of state, it becomes very important to ensure that you are able to resolve any driving under the influence matter as quickly and effectively as possible. At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, the legal team has handled countless cases for out-of-state drivers. As an out-of-state charge can cause you serious problems related to traveling back and forth for hearings, etc., an attorney from the firm provides representation without you being present as much as possible. If you would like to learn more about Georgia's DUI laws and the penalties you might face, don't hesitate to contact the firm. Consultations are free.
When you are living or traveling outside of the state and are arrested and charged with a DUI offense, The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson can refer you to an attorney where you were arrested. With over 20 years serving the public, the firm has gained and maintained relationships with law firms and attorneys around the country. You can get help to solve your problem in the state in which you have been arrested.