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4. May I drive in my home state now?

The most fundamental answer is that most people reading this have been cited or arrested but not convicted of anything which another state could act upon. But the answers to any questions about adverse consequences in another state, due to a Solano County DUI arrest, conviction or DMV suspension, require practical working knowledge about your specific home state law. Therefore you must always seek the advice of a DUI attorney licensed to practice lawy in your home state, or the state which issued your license, about such consequences before and after any suspension or conviction.

This is especially true because different states react differently to a Solano County DUI. For example, as Fairfield, Vallejo and Vacaville DUI attorneys understand, you will learn that there are usually two separate and independent proceedings in a typical DUI case: Solano County criminal court and Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DMV. Some states typically do nothing to your home state license if the California DMV suspends your privilege to drive here, but they may act against your home state driver license immediately upon receiving notice if you actually get a court conviction. As a general rule, according to the Interstate Driver License Compact, one may anticipate that your home state will act against your license the same as if the California conviction occurred at home (CVC 15023), but the actual experience in most states varies widely.

However, understand that your home state can only act against your license if your home state knows about an adverse action in California. California is only directed to inform your home state of this incident if a conviction actually occurs (CVC 15022) or if DMV actually suspends or revokes your driving privilege here (CVC 13552).

Therefore it is very, very important to hire a local Solano DUI attorney to fight or navigate carefully through the court and DMV proceedings in order to try to avoid a Solano County conviction or Fairfield, Vallejo or Vacaville DMV suspension. Click on Ten Tips For the First 48 Hours After Arrest and Ten Tips For Fighting A DUI on this site for a more detailed discussion of how to avoid adverse consequences in your home state by avoiding adverse results here first. Consult with a Solano County DUI lawyer about your specific case.


Any result portrayed was dependent on the facts of that case, and the results will differ if based on different facts.

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