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.

Click here 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.

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