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A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Out-of-State DUIs

How can you fight out-of-state DUIs? Get a detailed guide about out-of-state DUIs from Scrofano Law P.C today. Give us a call for more information.

What Is an Out-of-State DUI?

Suppose you are operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs while visiting Washington, DC, and you hold a driver’s license from another state. That is called an out-of-state DUI. When someone from another state gets a DUI in DC, the offense is treated the same way that offenses committed by DC residents are treated.

Your home state is notified if you are arrested for driving under the influence while in DC. It may result in consequences such as a license suspension or mandatory participation in alcohol education programs upon returning home.

Please note that each state has its own laws and penalties on DUIs. These laws can vary from one jurisdiction to another. So, consulting a dedicated DC DUI lawyer from Scrofano Law PC is crucial. Our attorneys can help you if you’re facing charges for an out-of-state DUI offense in DC.


Legal Consequences of an Out-Of-State DUI in DC

Generally speaking, DUI penalties are harsh and can have a long-term impact on your life. DC DUI penalties include the following:

  • Hefty fines that can reach $20,000

  • License suspension or revocation both within the District and back home

  • Jail time is also possible depending on various factors, e.g., blood concentration level at the time of arrest

If your arrest resulted from DUI third offense, your penalties could be more severe. Punishment for this offense includes the following:

  • Higher fines that range from $2,500 to $10,000

  • Community service

  • Longer ignition interlock periods

  • Undertaking an intensive treatment program with a more extended probation period

You may also need to travel back to DC from your home state to attend the hearing if you are charged with an out-of-state DUI, resulting in additional financial costs.

Steps of the Process for Out-Of-State DUIs in DC


First-time DUI cases are always heard in the DC Superior Court trial court. The DC Attorney General’s Office handles their prosecution.

Any driver arrested for DUI is subject to criminal charges. Additionally, you may face administrative penalties. These charges are imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

You must appear before a judge during an arraignment hearing after being charged with an out-of-state DUI offense in DC. Here, you enter a plea and have bail set if deemed necessary.

Defendants may need to attend pre-trial conferences or hearings. Both parties involved can present and analyze evidence.

A judge might offer diversion programs depending on the case’s circumstances during the DC DUI court process. Or, a judge can provide alternative sentencing options as potential resolutions.

A plea deal with no jail time can be offered if it is a first offense. Or, a deal for something other than a DUI, such as diversion, may be presented.


How Long Will an Out-of-State DUI Stay On My Driving Record?

Under Washington, DC, law your criminal record cannot be purged if you are found guilty of breaking DUI laws. Thus, they remain on your driving record for ten years.

You can ask the court to seal your arrest records if the charges against you are later dismissed or if you are not convicted. This is only possible if you can show that:

  • You are innocent and did not commit a DUI crime at the time of the arrest

  • You can wait for a specific period to file for an “interest of justice motion.” Your attorney argues you have a clean criminal record during the motion.

Can an Out-of-State DUI Affect My Car Insurance Rates?

Insurance companies often use DUI charges as a determining factor for premiums, whether you’ve been convicted or not. Insurers view driving under the influence as negligent behavior, so it increases the risk factors associated with the insurance.

It also generally doesn’t matter if the charges are for an in-state or out-of-state DUI. This is why it’s essential to speak with your insurance provider about their specific policies. This can help you learn how they handle out-of-state convictions like DUIs.


Scrofano Law Can Help You With Out-of-State DUI Charges

A DUI conviction is a serious matter that usually requires the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

Our DUI attorneys can assess your case and identify potential weaknesses or defenses. Our team will make sure you understand the legal process and guide you accordingly as you go through your case.

Our attorneys can also negotiate on your behalf with the prosecution to secure you the best possible plea deal or have your charges completely dismissed, where possible.

When it comes to court, we will make sure the relevant information is presented well. We will advocate for you and fight for your rights throughout the entire process. Also, we will remain available to you to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have.

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