Out-of-state drivers

NJ dwi charges for out of state driversIf you were charged with DUI in New Jersey but live in another state, enlist the help of our skilled legal team at the Law Offices of Christopher L. Baxter. Despite being arrested for a DUI in New Jersey, this charge will likely follow you back to your home state due to the Driver License Compact (DLC).

The Interstate Driver License Compact (IDLC) is an agreement between 46 states (including the District of Columbia) that allows the sharing of information regarding traffic violations and crimes, including drunk driving charges. Your home state may pass a separate suspension in addition to New Jersey’s suspension or honor New Jersey’s suspension length.

Drunk driving defense attorney Chris Baxter can help you handle your drunk driving arrest case so you can move past this as quickly and effectively as possible.

Take a look at New Jersey’s DWI penalties.

Does an out-of-state conviction affect my New Jersey DWI?

Under many circumstances, the New Jersey DWI statute permits out-of-state DUI convictions to influence sentencing. Once the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles is notified of your DWI conviction in another state, they’ll send you a notice stipulating the suspension of your driving privileges.

In essence, if you have a prior conviction from your home state and are convicted of drunk driving offenses in New Jersey, it could be considered a subsequent offense based on your home state’s drunk driving laws.

Our experienced lawyers have represented numerous out-of-state drivers and can offer guidance on how a New Jersey conviction for driving under the influence might impact your driving privileges in your home state.

Does a New Jersey DWI conviction affect an out-of-state driver’s insurance in their home state?

Upon notification of the DWI conviction to their home state, actions will be taken per state laws. This may involve adding points to the driver’s license, license suspension, potential jail time, or installing an ignition interlock device.

Insurance companies assess a driver’s risk based on their driving record. As such, a DWI conviction, even if it occurred out-of-state, is a risk factor that results in higher auto insurance rates.

Can New Jersey reduce license suspensions for out-of-state DWIs?

In some situations, you can request a hearing with the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles to shorten the license suspension period.

You can engage an attorney to assist with the hearing process. The NJ Department of Motor Vehicles will provide a date for you to petition for a reduced license suspension period in NJ. Depending on your circumstances, the suspension may be halved or more. Every case is unique, making representation from an experienced attorney highly advisable.

How our New Jersey DUI attorney can help

At the Law Offices of Christopher L. Baxter, we have handled over 3,900 DWI cases in Burlington County, Camden County, and Gloucester County. Chris Baxter has been named a Top DWI Attorney by *SJ Magazine and *South Jersey Magazine since 2009.

His knowledge of field sobriety testing procedures and his training in using Alcotest breath testing instruments can be used to your advantage when contesting evidence in court.

We proudly offer our clients the following:

  • 24/7 availability

  • Reasonable rates and payment plan options
  • 35 years of courtroom experience

  • Aggressive representation from a former prosecutor

If you cannot attend court hearings due to travel or time issues, we can handle your case by affidavit in lieu of your personal appearance. No matter how straightforward or complex your case may seem, you can be sure that we have the resources and skills to handle your drunk driving incident diligently.

We have obtained countless victories on behalf of our clients. The next one could very well be yours!

Contact Law Offices of Christopher L. Baxter

If you need more information regarding your rights and options as an out-of-state driver, please contact us as soon as possible at 856-235-9881. We will be happy to review the details of your matter during a free initial consultation. Your rights and future are extremely important to us.

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As a 2015 Clients’ Choice award recipient with a *10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, Attorney Baxter has demonstrated his ability to secure favorable outcomes on behalf of our clients, no matter how complex the situation may be. Although you may be worried about what the future holds, you do not have to work through this time on your own. We stand ready to relentlessly defend you from your initial consultation until the resolution of your case.

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