DUI in CA… is license revoked in UT?

I have a flimsy DUI in CA that I am fighting. Is my UT drivers license also susended? They gave me a 30 day temp CA license and also handed me back my UT license.

Asked on June 28, 2009 under Criminal Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI/DWI in California face consequences both at the California Department of Motor Vehicles and in their home states, as a result of the Interstate Driver's License Compact (IDLC).  This compact is an agreement between 45 states (including Utah) to share information regarding certain types of convictions, including drunk driving, DUI/ DWI, and driving under the influence of drugs convictions.  

The California DMV cannot revoke an out-of-state license because it is considered the property of another state.  However, California can suspend a driver’s privileges within the state, and will notify the licensing state of the DUI/DWI arrest through the IDLC.  The best way for an out-of-state licensee facing a drunk driving charge in California to protect his or her license is to fight suspension at the California DMV hearing.  This is a highly technical area of the law.  An experienced DUI'DWI attorney can challenge the action and vastly improve a driver’s chance of keeping his or her license; possibly they can have the charges thrown out altogether or at least get reduced.

Additionally, the licensing state may revoke the motorist’s driving privileges.  Whether a state will take action against a driver’s license depends on the state itself.   If the licensing state has an administrative system similar to California’s; it may acknowledge the suspension even without a court conviction in California.  If the state does not have an administrative system, it may require a court conviction before they will take any action against a driver’s privileges.

You need to contact Utah DMV or a DUI attorney in your area to find out just what will specifically happen with your Utah license.

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