Out of State DWI Laws in Texas
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If you are arrested and charged with a DWI in another state and you are a Texas resident, or if you are from out of state and are charged with a Texas DWI, you may be wondering how the laws work in your case. The first thing you should do is speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible in order to learn your rights and how the legal system will treat your case.
With nearly a decade of legal experience, our founding attorney Andrew Peveto has a comprehensive understanding of Texas DWI laws and how out of state DWI cases are handled. He has successfully represented hundreds of satisfied clients in Collin County, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties.
Arrested for a DWI in Another State?
If you have been charged with a DWI while in another state, then you may also get your license suspended in Texas, depending on the specific circumstances of your arrest. According to the Driver’s License Compact (DLC), motorists can be punished for violations committed in other states if the violation was equivalent to Texas State law. If a judge determines that the DWI conviction of another state is similar to a conviction according to the laws in Texas, then they may pursue the equivalent penalties. If the court decides that they are not similar, then they may ignore the penalties.
Arrested for a DWI Visiting Texas?
On the other hand, if you are visiting Texas and get arrested for drunk driving, then you are not necessarily subject to Texas driving laws. In order to punish someone for a DWI, the drunk driving laws of the driver’s home state need to be comparable to the state of Texas.
If Texas has a law which your home state does not, then your own state will not hold you to the Texas laws if they have agreed to the DLC. These states include Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. However, these states will report your tickets to your home state.