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How a DWI/DUI in Another State Affects Your NJ Driver’s License

September 8, 2017
Written by CLDDS

Charged with a DWI/DUI? Did you know not only does the state you are in impose penalties, but your residency state of New Jersey may also? Do you know your rights as an out-of-state driver?

Here are the two agreements listed on the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle website you need to know about:

The Driver License Compact 

An agreement made between 45 states and Washington D.C. that says a non-resident state will report a traffic violation to the resident state if it is one of the 45 or D.C. This compact penalizes the driver according to their home state’s laws.

The Non-Resident Violator Compact

The Non-Resident Violator Compact is an agreement between forty-four states and gives out-of-state drivers the same rights as if they were residents of that state. Therefore, if a driver commits a violation, the charging process will proceed as if they were a resident.

What if you are a New Jersey resident, but have a past DUI/DWI offense in another state.

Prior DUI and DWI Offenses

If you have previously been convicted of a DUI or DWI in another state, but currently have a New Jersey license, New Jersey law will view your offense as a prior offense. Another offense within ten years is considered a second offense resulting in higher penalties.

Don’t be side swiped by more charges or confused by the law. To further discuss how a DUI or DWI in another state will affect you, contact CLDDS criminal defense attorneys Edward J. Dimon, Esq., Robert L. Gutman, Esq. or Peter M. Draper, Esq.

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