If you receive a DUI in California, but have a driver’s license from another state, the process of fighting your drunk driving charge in San Diego will be slightly different than it is for California drivers. Fortunately, a top San Diego criminal lawyer like Peter M. Liss can make the process as simple and quick as possible for you to deal with, minimizing the number of trips you will need to make to San Diego in order to fight the charges.
The number one difference between most DUIs and those involving someone from outside of California is that the arresting officer cannot take away the driver’s license of someone from another state as the document is the property of another state. While you will maintain your physical driver’s license for a while longer, if you are convicted, you will still likely have your right to drive in California suspended and most states will recognize the suspension as well.
A top San Diego DUI attorney can appear for you in court and at the DMV so you do not need to return to California. Additionally, most sentencing conditions like alcohol treatment programs and payment of fines can be transferred to your state and be done from your own home town.
As you can see, if you live out of California and receive a DUI in San Diego, working with the right San Diego DUI lawyer can make a major impact on your case and on your travel plans over the next few months. Remember, in California, you only have ten days after the date of your arrest to file a license suspension hearing with the DMV.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with San Diego DUI defense attorney Peter M. Liss, please call (760) 643-4050 OR (858) 486-3024 today.
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