DUI and Moving Out of California – Mistakes that Results in an indefinite License Suspension

There are obligations to fulfill when you get a DUI in California. 

DUI and Moving Out of California gets tricky when you have not fulfilled all your obligations to the court. Many of my clients who live in California will get a DUI Conviction (alcohol or drugs) but will move to another state before the case is over, or they may resolve the case and agree to do classes but will move out of state before the classes are done with.

The Difference Between an In state and out of State DUI Arrest. 

It is much easier for residents of California because they can just get their ignition interlock device after getting arrested by a police officer and continue driving.  They only have to do an in state class based on their blood alcohol content and pay their penalty assessments. However for an out for state person, it is difficult because they do not have the same pathways to go get a restricted license. An out of state person has no interest in doing a restricted license 

There are Court Consequences for being removed from Alcohol Classes. 

In addition to losing your restricted license, getting kicked out of class does not just affect your drivers license and driving records. It can also affect your freedom and criminal record. Being removed from class for too many absences (Alcohol classes have an absence policy) on a first-time DUI results in a misdemeanor probation violation with the court and criminal penalties. In many cases the people have promised the court they that they will comply with class as a term of condition of the probationary terms. By facing a probation a probation violation you risking months in jail because of the misdemeanor probation violation.

This result is an indefinite license suspension and a hold on their new state if they apply for a license outside California.

The consequences of driving under the influence charge if you live in California and have a California license is you must do an instate DUI program to completion.

A copy of an Arrest Warant from Orange County
Not appearing on your case will result in an arrest warrant for you

California DMV Will Hand out Adminstrative Penalties 

When dealing with a DUI and Moving Out of California, without finishing the process, Sacramento will extend your suspension period and let other states know not to issue you a license for the period of time. This exposes you to driving on a suspended license charge out of state which makes it harder for you to drive a motor vehicle. 

The way out of this is to call the DMV mandatory actions unit in Sacramento (Number at the bottom of DUI Lawyers Resource Page) and ask for a waiver packet for your DUI. Despite the phone call to mandatory actions, this process is not a set of hearings as much as it is a set of forms that you will have to fill out and show proof of out of state residency. On top of that this is process of independent of any penalties that you will have to handle in court.

The Suspension period will differ based on your situation. If you have a Commercial drivers license then there are separate rules. In addition, if you area  multiple offender then you will have a seperate penalty. 

When Applying for a CA DMV License Waiver Needs to Be Considered When you Have a DUI and Moving Out of California.

If you live in California and get a DUI conviction, then your driver’s license will be suspended unless you complete the class in person. You can pay your fines to the court; however, California DMV is part of the interstate compact and will hold on your driving privilege until you complete your in-person obligations to the alcohol program.

What happens if you get a DUI in California and move to another state.

When you move to another state, CA will have a hold on the license, and you will not be able to get a license if you did not complete your course.You can complete a California DMV 1650 Waiver to Complete DUI School Out-of-State. If this is done, then you still have to serve out the rest of your suspension. But once you do that, then you do not have to finish your class in the state. This is only good once in a lifetime.

Waivers/Exemptions are strict at California DMVs. You will need to call the California DMV Mandatory Actions Unit in Sacramento to request one. Only the licensed driver can request a waiver and attorneys are not allowed to ask for the client.

Mandatory Actions unit is 916-657-6525

After calling California DMV, they will mail you forms as part of the reinstatement process. In these forms, you will need to prove that you are no longer a resident of California. This involves proof of residency with details such as the new address. Such things can include a utility bill with details for a time period.

You will return this application packet with the requested official document to California DMV. You still will need to serve out your suspension; however, you will be free of in-person classes after that. This waiver is good only once per lifetime. It would be best if you only considered this if your circumstances dictate it.

It would be best if you still got the judge on board as well. As part of your probation requirements, you were required to do in-person classes. An alcohol offense in California will involve education classes (wet reckless) or DUI classes depending on your blood alcohol concentration. You are required to complete these classes to the satisfaction of probation.The challenge will be in making it to the courts to ask for permission to complete your program in satisfaction outside of the state.

Transferring Classes to Another After a DUI Conviction and Moving Out of California

The right way is to modify your probation terms with the court.This is a fancy way to say you need to get the court’s permission. You need to be proactive and ask for permission from the judge before you move away. Without doing so, you risk opening yourself up to more criminal charges.

Handling the Probation Violation with a DUI and Moving Out of California

If you have already left the state without asking for permission and were terminated from the program, then the alcohol education class would have sent a notice to the court. The court will find you in violation of your terms of probation because you had too many absences. This subjects you to additional penalties such as having a warrant of arrest, criminal record, community service, and jail time. This means that ifa  police officer runs into you then they are instructed to take you into custody. If you are facing a probation violation and warrant then it is best to get a defense attorney on your side to guide you thru the process. 

A probation violation will be started, and you must will to handle the appearances. You can either do it yourself or hire a defense lawyer. If this is a first-time probation violation on a first-time DUI, then chances are it will be a slap on this wrist and the criminal penalties will be light. 

If this happens and you do not want to come to California then you will need a criminal defense lawyer to go in your place. It needs to be an attorney and not a family member or friend. An experienced attorney will be able to handle the potential issues that come up with a DUI probation violation with a person living out of state. They will be able to explain the complicated conditions and difficulties of out of state classes and working with the DMV license revocation so as to mitigate the sentence. Your driving sitaution and lack of vehicle non use of will be emphasized in court. 

Recalling the Warrant and Getting the Judge on Board for a DUI and Moving Out of California

However, given that you are out of state, you would want to avoid any run-in with the police especially with driving a vehicle.   The fact that you have suspended license would make any subsequent offense tougher to deal with as it the penalty assessments and administrative penalties will be higher.  (in the form of license suspension and monetary fines for having priors) 

 In addition, there are opportunities for you be taken into custody at the airports. This happens when people are traveling out of the country and coming back in. The federal government will take take you in for a warrant if you are passing thru. Anything can happen at the airport, or a traffic violation can occur. If this is the case, then you will be taken in on the warrant of arrest even if you are on informal probation. 

 If you have access to funds, you should take steps to hire a professional to handle your license suspension and get permission from the court to fix your alcohol program. This would bring you the best chances of success and possible outcome on your case.

If you have access to funds, you should take steps to hire a professional to handle your license suspension and get permission from the court to fix your alcohol program. This would bring you the best chances of success and possible outcome on your case.

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