Tampa Out of State DUI Lawyer
Out of State Representation for Florida DUI
Unfortunately, many arrests relating to
driving under the influence do not occur while in your own home town. In fact, in many cases you may
be arrested while traveling for business, vacationing or otherwise not
at home. This can take a complicated situation and just further complicate
it. You may have a lot of questions in a situation such as this.
- Do I work with a local attorney?
- Can I go back home?
- Do I need to show up for court?
Our legal team at
Thomas & Paulk, P.A. understands the stress you are facing and will do everything possible
to combat it. You can trust in our legal team to help answer every question
that you find yourself facing, as well as to provide you with effective
and heavyweight legal representation when it is needed most.
Arrested for DUI while visiting Tampa Bay, Florida?
In the state of Florida, out of state DUIs are handled very specifically.
To understand how this is handled, it is important to note that Florida
is both a member of the Driver's License Compact (DLC), as well as
the Non-Resident Violators Compact (NRVC).
Both of these compacts are thoroughly explained below:
Driver's License Compact (DLC)
This compact is shared by 45 states in the U,S. It operates under the
theme of "One Driver, One License, One Record" and works to help create consistency with the way that states throughout
the country handle out of state traffic violations. This interstate compact
requires for its members to exchange information with other member-states
whenever a non-resident is arrested or cited. Then, the home state of
the defendant would treat it as if the offense had happened on home turf-including
penalties and driver's license suspension-as well as points being
placed on the driver's license.
Non-Resident Violators Compact (NRVC)
This compact is shared across only 44 states; it was created in 1970s
and is used to help with the processing of citations that occur across
state borders. For example, if a motorist is cited in a state that is
not their own, and they choose to ignore the ticket, the state where the
citation occurred would inform their home state. The motorist's home
state would then take action - likely suspending their license. While
some traffic violations do not fall under its scope, many do. The focus
remains on moving violations.
to see the members of the DLC and NRVC.
Helping Non-Residents with a Tampa DUI Arrest
Dealing with an out of state DUI is even more complex than a regular DUI
case and requires a high-quality attorney to help untangle the legalities.
At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., we are well-versed in the laws surrounding
the DLC and NRVC. If you have questions about how dealing with an out
of state DUI will affect your case, you should not hesitate to contact
a knowledgeable attorney from our firm. We can also work with you when
you are facing criminal charges and can help you determine the best course
of action. We can help explain questions such as what to expect and whether
or not you need to appear in court. In situations where we can represent
you without you needing to be there, we will gladly handle the situation
for you. At every step of the case, you can rest assured that you will
be guided and cared for with the utmost of legal professionalism.
Don't be overwhelmed by the law. We know what's at stake and we
are here to provide you with the care and guidance that you deserve. We
look forward to hearing from you.