Southern California is a great place to visit and a very popular tourist destination. There are also several large cities including Los Angeles and San Diego that attract business conferences and other professional visitors. If you are visiting California and are charged with DUI, do you know what to do? Leaving the state without addressing the charges is a terrible idea and license suspension will affect your ability to drive in your home state as well as California.
As this article states, a DUI should always be dealt with right away. Almost every state in the nation is a members of a National Drivers Registry which allows DMVs to share information about drivers. This means that an administrative license suspension that occurs in one state can follow you home. Many states will enforce license suspension for residents that were arrested for DUI in another state.
Then, of course, there is the criminal element. If you are arrested for DUI in California, you will be taken to jail. You will be released from jail on bail. If you do not return to court, you will lose the money you paid for your bail and a warrant for your arrest will be issued. You will be extradited back to the state, but you can be arrested any time you decide to return during the course of your life.
Luckily, if you live in another state and get arrested for DUI, you can hire a DUI attorney to work on your case even when you return home. They can immediately get to work requesting a DMV hearing for you and fighting to stop the license suspension process. They can still keep you updated at every point of the process and stay in constant contact so you know your DUI case is being handled effectively. A lawyer can even appear in court on your behalf, limiting the number of trips that you have to make back to California.