How Is an Out-of-State DUI Treated in Kansas? | DUI Attorneys, Wichita

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If you were recently charged with a DUI while out of state, you are probably wondering what happens next. You may be familiar with the DUI laws in your home state, but because each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has a specific process for handling DUI charges, navigating the law out-of-state may be challenging. At the McConnell Law Firm, our expert DUI attorneys in Wichita, Kansas, have years of experience defending clients charged with DUIs and have detailed how out-of-state DUIs are often handled in Kansas. Learn more below!

After the Arrest

After you are arrested in another state, your license will likely be suspended due to a BAC over the legally established limit (legal BAC levels will vary depending on the state) or your refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test. Once this occurs, the reporting officer will send a full report to the local DMV office in the state you were arrested in, and you may experience some sort of notice for a pending license suspension and/or restriction. During this time, you may have a limited amount of time to appeal the suspension and/or restriction in the state the arrest occurred, but if you fail to request a hearing or appear at a requested hearing, your suspension and/or restriction will likely become final and may apply to your home state as well.

Understanding the Charges

In recent history, some states, including Kansas, have partnered to create the Driver’s License Compact and the Non-Resident Violator Compact, allowing drunk driving offenses to carry over from one state to another. Through these agreements, the member states can communicate an individual’s driving history and honor license suspensions/restrictions that have occurred in other states, such as a driver being arrested for a DUI in Missouri but residing in Kansas. If they fail to respond to the criminal charges, the state of Missouri can alert the state of Kansas to place a hold on the driver’s license until the case is resolved. Because DUI arrests can carry criminal consequences that may severely damage your reputation and future opportunities, it’s best to contact an experienced DUI attorney in your area as soon as possible to help navigate the intricacies of resolving an out-of-state DUI. Whether Kansas considers a conviction for DUI in another State as a prior depends on the state in which the DUI was received and how their specific statute is worded.

Partner With an Experienced Attorney

Following an out-of-state DUI charge, it’s important to contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible to help review the specifics of your case and determine which next steps should be taken to minimize the impact and consequences faced. Because out-of-state DUI laws are ever-evolving due to Kansas case law, our team at the McConnell Law Firm encourages you not to ignore the problem in hopes that it will disappear but instead to seek legal counsel to get ahead of potential consequences related to the criminal charge.

Have You Been Accused?

If you have been charged with an out-of-state DUI, but reside in Kansas, we encourage you to contact the McConnell Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss how it can affect your driving privileges in Kansas. While every case is different, and no conclusions should be drawn without first consulting a DUI attorney in Wichita about the specifics of your case, it is always in your best interest to have a skilled attorney by your side from the beginning.

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Do you or a loved one need the assistance of one of our experienced DUI attorneys in Wichita? We encourage you to contact the McConnell Law Firm at (316) 243-5903 for a free consultation.

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How Is an Out-of-State DUI Treated in Kansas? | DUI Attorneys, Wichita

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