What are the statutes of limitation on a DUI?

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What are the statutes of limitation on a DUI?

I recently got a misdemeanor DUI. I have a job offer in another state and am planning on moving there indefinitely. I understand my license will be suspended by the DMV for a period of time, however if I fail to appear and move to this other state will I be able to get a new license in that state once the suspension is served and how long will there be a warrant out for my arrest in the old state?

Asked on October 19, 2011 under Criminal Law, Oregon

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you have been arrested and charged with a driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, there are no running statute of limitations as to you. The complaint has been filed. If you fail to appear in court at your next hearing or any other hearing, there will be a bench warrant for your arrest. A bench warrant for your arrest will have a negative effect upon your life. You could be arrested at any time as a result.

I suggest you retain a criminal defense attorney to assist you with your current situation. If you fail to appear and move out of state, most likely you will be unable to get a driver's license in that state since your name will appear through the computer system showing that there is a bench warrant issued against you. The bench warrant issued against you will remain for years upon years as being outstanding.


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