How to Fight an Out-of-State DUI as a Connecticut Resident

Getting an out-of-state DUI can be particularly confusing and frustrating. You are probably unfamiliar with local laws and customs where you are visiting. So, you might feel as though you didn’t do anything wrong. You might think you weren’t breaking any DUI laws that your home state has. Or, you might not understand what you are being charged with. Drinking and driving related charges can differ from state to state. Regardless of your situation, if you get an out-of-state DUI, you need to know how to fight it. You might live close to the area where you were charged. But, you also might live far away. Whatever the case is, you need to know how your case will be complicated as a resident of another state. Also, you should know how to fight the DUI.

The Complications

One of the largest complications that you will face if charged with an out-of-state DUI is the fact that, because you do not live there, you might have to travel back and forth between the site of the arrest and your place of residence. Your situation could vary. You might face incarceration and have to stay in that state while your case is pending. Or, you might be able to go home and never return to the state for a single court appearance. Let’s talk about situations involving these extremes.


In some cases, an out-of-state driver charged with a DUI might not be granted bail by a judge. The fact that you do not live in the state you have been arrested in can have a negative effect on the likelihood of you receiving bail, because a judge might feel that you are less inclined to return for your court hearing. This fact combined with prior offenses and other factors will affect your ability to get bail. If you want to be sure that you are granted bail, your best way to build a defense for yourself is by hiring a local DUI lawyer to make your case for you at your bail hearing.

DMV Hearing

If you want to fight your DUI charge and attend your DMV hearing, these will take place in the county where you were arrested. As a result, this might require you taking time off of work and spending money to travel back to the site of the arrest. Because your license will most likely be suspended in that state, you will have to rely on public transportation or private car services to transport you from your hotel to the courthouse, or anywhere else that you have to go.

Getting Help

In some cases, you might not have to return to the state of your arrest at all. If you hire a DUI lawyer, they can represent you in court and at the DMV in some situations. Hiring a local DUI lawyer is in your best interest because it can not only potentially get you out of having to appear in court and deal with the hassle of traveling, but it can also increase your chances of winning your case. A local DUI lawyer will have experience with relevant state laws and cases similar to yours. They can help you build the best defense and make this process as easy as possible for you.

Getting an out-of-state DUI will always be frustrating and difficult to deal with. However, you can minimize this difficulty by hiring a local DUI lawyer and facing the charges head on. You might think that because you won’t be traveling in the state that you were arrested in often, you can just ignore the DUI charge. This is not the case! Ignoring a charge will have serious consequences. Get the help that you need by contacting a local DUI lawyer today. For a referral, give me a call!


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