If someone lives out of state and is arrested for a DUI in California, their best bet would be to contact a local attorney. When I handle these types of cases, I typically want the client—even if they do not live in California—to make at least one court appearance with me in California to ensure that nothing goes wrong during the probationary period.
From there, I will coordinate the case and will usually be able to have the client complete the required alcohol program in their home state.
Can A Non-Resident Of California Fight A DUI License Suspension?
A non-resident of California is entitled to have a hearing on whether or not their license will be suspended as a result of a DUI.
The individual's DUI defense attorney will be able to coordinate that hearing with the DMV, and they will have all of the rights of a California resident.
However, if an individual does not plan on driving regularly in California, then there won't necessarily be a need to fight anything, because the state of California will not be able to revoke their home state driver's license.
Home State Penalties For A DUI Conviction?
The sentences faced by a non-resident of California are the same as those faced by a resident of California.
An individual convicted of a first-time DUI will be required to complete a three, six, nine, or 18-month alcohol program, and will have to pay a minimum fine of $390 plus a 200 percent penalty assessment and other fees.
There will be the option of substituting a portion of the fine for five days of community service. An individual will also face three-year misdemeanor probation.
Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, a defendant could receive up to six months in jail on a first-time offense, as well as a range of other punishments.
If someone is determined to have a severe alcohol problem, they may be fitted with a SCRAM bracelet, which will prevent them from driving a vehicle if they have any alcohol in their system.
Each state handles DUI convictions differently, and California is probably one of the toughest states in the nation when it comes to the imposition of punishments and penalties.