Getting charged with a DUI might seem difficult. But, if charged with a DUI outside of the state where you got your license, it can make the process even more difficult. This is because you have to return to where you received your DUI to appear in court. This page will inform you on how to deal with receiving a DUI in Connecticut as an out-of-state driver.
If charged with a DUI in Connecticut, you will have to go to the Connecticut Superior Court. Furthermore, you will have to appear at a court in the area where you got arrested. This happens to properly defend yourself against the DUI charge. If you cannot return to Connecticut, you have no way to fight the charge. In addition to appearing at the Connecticut Superior Court, you will have to schedule a hearing at the DMV in Connecticut in order to challenge an automatic suspension of your license in Connecticut. If you refuse to schedule a DMV hearing, your privilege to drive in the state of Connecticut gets revoked, and you will face serious consequences if you get caught driving in Connecticut with a suspended license.
While Connecticut does not have the right to suspend your license in any other state, Connecticut can notify your home state that you have received a DUI. Because Connecticut, along with 44 other states, have agreed to the “Driver License Compact,” if Connecticut informs your home state that you have received a DUI (and your home state also complies with the Driver License Compact), your home state will suspend your license.
Constantly traveling to Connecticut in order to deal with court appearances and DMV hearings, as well as DUI classes can be incredibly inconvenient and stressful. Luckily, it is possible for you to take your DUI classes in the state that you are from rather than where you received your DUI. However, in order for you to do this, your lawyer will have to receive permission from the court. The bail commissioner must also approve the program that you choose to attend.
All states have different DUI rules and regulations that they go by. In some cases, certain places may have similar laws, but in others, they might be slightly different. Even if you are aware of the DUI laws in your home state, they may differ from the laws of Connecticut. As a result, if you got charged with a DUI in Connecticut, you should consult with a lawyer so that you can fully understand Connecticut’s laws and how you should approach your DUI case.