Pros and Cons of Hiring Out-of-State DUI Lawyer vs. Home State DUI Lawyer

For many people, just getting a DUI is enough to throw them for a loop. Getting an out-of-state DUI can be even more frustrating and difficult to deal with. This is because people who get out-of-state DUIs generally don’t know the local laws. They also don’t know how this DUI will affect their driving abilities. Their license in both the state of the arrest and their home state gets affected.

Most people know that hiring a DUI lawyer is the best way to get help with a DUI. However, if you got arrested out-of-state, what do you do? Should you hire an out of state DUI lawyer in the area of your arrest? Or should you hire a lawyer who works in your home state? Which lawyer will be more helpful to you? Who will be the easiest to communicate with? I will answer these questions and more here.

Hiring an Out-of-State DUI Lawyer

In most cases, you should hire a DUI lawyer who practices in the state you were charged. Hiring a lawyer that you know from where you live has its advantages. But, a local lawyer will be able to fight your DUI. This is because they will be more familiar with the DUI laws of the state you were charged. A lawyer from your home state might not be up-to-date on fighting a DUI in the state of your arrest. A local lawyer will have the knowledge and the experience to help with your out-of-state DUI. A lawyer from you home state might not have this ability. A local lawyer will also have a license to practice law in the state that you were charged in. This means that they can represent you in court.

Sometimes, if you hire a local lawyer, they can go to your court hearing for you. If this happens, you do not have to return to the state of your arrest. For many, this is an appealing option. It means that you won’t have to spend the time and money traveling back to the site of your arrest. However, keep in mind that just because you hire a local lawyer does not mean that you will not have to go to court – you still might depending on the circumstances of your case.

Hiring a Lawyer in Your Home State

In some cases, you might want to hire a lawyer in your home state in addition to a lawyer who practices in the state that you were charged in. If you know a lawyer in your home state that you particularly want advice from, you can consult with them. In addition, if you want to save your license in your home state, you can consult with a lawyer in your home state. In some cases, discussing your situation with a lawyer who lives near you will make communication easier than trying to meet with or discuss your situation with a lawyer living in another state. You could also hire a lawyer in your area to help you send documents or information to the out-of-state lawyer working on your case.

In most cases, it is a good idea to hire a lawyer who practices law in the state that you were charged in. This should be your first step when building a defense for an out of state DUI, as a local lawyer will have much more information to help you than you will have. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Connecticut, feel free to give me a call. Even if you live far away and have a crazy schedule, I will set up regular video or phone calls to communicate with you about your case. Our first consultation is always free, so give me a call today at 888-LADY-DUI.


My name is Teresa, and I am a DUI lawyer, but that is only part of who I am. I have been practicing law in Connecticut since 2006.


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