Out of State DWI

Many people from all over the nation travel to Charlotte for business or pleasure.  Others live in South Carolina to take advantage of lower living expenses, but work in North Carolina to get better pay.  Both sets of people face extra complications if they get DWIs in North Carolina.  If a person is from a distant state, then they can face problems trying to make it to court.  There will most likely be several court appearances, so it can get expensive and time consuming to travel back to North Carolina to appear in court.  This is, for the most part, unavoidable.  Of course, you can rush your case, but we rarely recommend that.

Licensing Issues

A person convicted of DWI in North Carolina loses their North Carolina license.  Since an out of state driver does not have a North Carolina license, they will lose the privilege of driving in North Carolina.  Even though a North Carolina state court cannot revoke their out of state license, frequently the person’s home state will revoke their license upon finding out about a conviction for DWI.  The licensing state’s laws determine what they need to do to get their license back.  The North Carolina Limited Driving Privilege would not allow them to drive in any other state.

Other Issues

Another area of complication for an out of state person convicted of DWI is completing community service.  Typically, defendants are required to complete community service through a program with the courts.  Naturally, this program only includes non-profit organizations in North Carolina.  However, when the judge understands that a person lives in another state, they often allow the person to complete their service at any non profit of their choosing.

One more aspect of sentencing that can be an issue is getting an alcohol assessment and treatment.  The person must get an assessment with a North Carolina assessment provider.  The person can get equivalent treatment with a treatment provider in another state.  Then, a North Carolina treatment center must do an out of state review to make sure the program complies with North Carolina standards.  Once they sign off on the treatment, then the person has completed the treatment aspect of the judgement.

As you can see, there are many aspects of a DWI conviction for an out of state resident.  None of them are insurmountable though.  Of course, if your case is dismissed or you are found not guilty, that simplifies a lot of these issues.  But it is important to know how being from out of state could affect your case if you are convicted.