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What Happens if I Get a DUI Outside of New York?

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The laws in every state apply to everyone, even those just passing through or visiting. So if you get in trouble and pick up a DUI charge while driving outside of your home state of New York, guess what? You are going to have to beat that charge or risk some serious consequences. Even though you do not need to go to a New York state court in order to fight the charge, you still might want some experienced defenders on your side. A Queens DUI lawyer from our firm may be able to help you out.

Where Will My DUI Be Prosecuted?

Your DUI will be prosecuted wherever it was charged. So if you are accused of driving drunk in Pennsylvania, you would have to go back to court in that state. If it sounds inconvenient, that’s because it can be.

Unlike some other states, New York will not double down and charge you again for the same DUI. The state has some other ways of penalizing you though.

Can New York Punish Me For My DUI?

Not in a criminal way, but New York would hear about your DUI conviction in another state. You would not end up getting charged again, but the state could decide that your conviction in another state is enough justification to take away your driver’s license. So you need to be ready to fight your DUI in another state with as much vigor as you would if you had been pulled over in New York. Everything is at stake in that case.

Could My Job Be Affected By a Conviction?

Unfortunately, criminal convictions rarely happen in a bubble. You may not just have criminal consequences like jail or fines to deal with after getting in trouble for a DUI. News of your conviction could affect your job or your job prospects.

This is especially true for anyone who has a job that requires driving. If you lose your license for any period of time, you could easily be fired for being unable to perform your duties. Workers in the civil service sector or those with a professional license could also be subject to additional consequences, even if they keep their driver’s licenses. These fields often hold people to high standards and independent reviews could result in some serious professional penalties that could affect your income and your standing.

Talk to a Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a DUI, you need to begin building your defense as soon as possible. Contact Vasiliou Law and schedule a consultation. If we cannot help you fight your DUI charge, we may be able to recommend someone who can. Talk to our legal team today.

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