The Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC) is an agreement by 45 states to share information about driving-related arrests and convictions. This means, for example, that an individual arrested for drunk driving in California may face a suspended license and/or a fine in the state that issued the driver’s license.
Simply put, if you are arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in one state, your license may be suspended in your home state and you may incur additional fines or penalties as well.
That said, the way the IDLC works can be confusing and it’s not always clear what impact it will have on your ability to legally drive. An experienced New York DWI defense attorney can advise whether the IDLC will affect a driver’s privileges in your home state and elsewhere across the United States.
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Other states will only take action after being notified of a DUI / DWI court conviction. Among the states that will only act upon a court conviction, some will only take action if the burden of obtaining a criminal conviction in the other state is equal to the home state. Some states may add additional penalties, and some will impose fewer consequences than New York.
The good news for DUI drivers licensed in states that belong to the Interstate Driver’s License Compact is that despite promises to notify one another about driving-related crimes, communication between the states remains poor. If New York never communicates the driver’s loss of privileges to the licensing state, no other action will be taken. If the driver’s home state takes no action to rescind privileges, the driver still holds a valid license, and can continue to drive legally in every state except New York.
The following states have agreed to notify one another when a driver is arrested or convicted of DUI / DWI.
If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI-related crime, contact an experienced New York DWI lawyer who can advise you and help you better understand your rights.
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