The Interstate Compact (and how other states find out about a DUI)
Interstate Compacts exists with many government agency levels. In the case
of DUI or DWI individual Secretary of State Offices share driver information.
In particular, when an out of state driver gets a speeding ticket to a DUI
or DWI, the state writing the ticket oftentimes sends case information to the
state that issued the driver's license.
This is accomplished through what is known as "interstate compact" which is
an agreement between two or more states to share information among related
departments, like the division of motor vehicles.
Interstate compacts become extremely important to drivers charged with DWI
or DUI in a state other than the one issuing their license. In Illinois
for example, when a Wisconsin license holder is arrested for DUI by an Illinois
officer, the Secretary of State in Illinois will inform Wisconsin within weeks
of the arrest. Wisconsin, in turn, will "put the license down" for their
Wisconsin license holder. There are ways to prevent this from occurring and
it requires a thorough understanding of the interstate compact.
It is therefore very important to retain an attorney who is highly experienced
in Local DUI law as well as being equipped with the tools and understanding
of the interstate compact. Your attorney must also be familiar with the
county in which you are charged. Your Local DUI Attorney may be able to
challenge various portions of summary suspension, even suspensions received
on an out-of-state license. In addition to challenging the suspension, your
Local DUI Attorney may able to have the criminal case dismissed or reduced
from a DUI.
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