If you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence while a visitor in the state of Pennsylvania, you may be putting your driving privileges at risk not only in Pennsylvania, but in your home state as well. Pennsylvania is one of 45 states that shares information on traffic violations through the Interstate Driver’s License Compact. When information is shared with your home state regarding a DUI/DWI conviction in Pennsylvania, your license may also be subject to suspension in your home state.
If you have been charged with drinking and driving as a tourist or visitor in Pennsylvania, the attorneys at the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr, can help. We bring more than 30 years of experience to criminal cases. For a free initial consultation, contact our office by e-mail or call us at 610-565-0240.
What You Need to Know as an Out-of-State DWI Defendant
In Pennsylvania, unlike most states, there is not a separate administrative process regarding the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. That does not mean, however, that you cannot lose your drivers license for a DUI conviction. For Pennsylvania drivers, their license is considered property of the state (not property of the driver). The state routinely takes away driving privileges for residents convicted of drunk driving. Though Pennsylvania lacks the direct ability to suspend the license of a non-resident, they will forward all information regarding your conviction to officials in your home state (unless you live in Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee or Massachusetts), putting you at risk to lose your driving privileges there.
Pennsylvania also charges DUI/DWI almost exclusively as a misdemeanor, even if you are a repeat offender. The only circumstance where you will be charged with a felony is if you cause bodily injury to or the death of another person.
Contact the Law Offices of John E. Kusturiss, Jr.
Let us put more than 30 years of experience to work for you. We provide a free initial consultation to every client. To arrange a private meeting with an experienced Pennsylvania DUI defense attorney, contact us online or call us at 610-565-0240. We are available to meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. We take Visa, MasterCard and Discover, as well as debit cards.