States that have adopted the Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC) do share DUI information (along with info about other traffic infractions) with each other. Not all states have adopted the IDLC, however; additionally, how the states apply the IDLC and the shared information they receive about motorists due to this compact can be different.
We’ll point out some of the most important facts to understand about the IDLC below so that you know what to expect if you are ever arrested for a DUI in a state where you don’t reside.
Out-of-State DUIs & the IDLC: Important Info for CO Motorists
- Colorado has adopted the IDLC – In other words, Colorado is considered to be a member state. So, when Coloradans are arrested for alleged drunk driving in any other member state, that state will inform Colorado authorities about the arrest (and the outcome of the case).
- Only 5 states have not adopted the IDLC – And these states include (as of Feb. 2016) Georgia, Michigan, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Wisconsin. It’s important to note, however, that these states may still impose penalties on their residents who incur out-of-state DUIs (just how and when this occurs will not be determined or necessarily defined by the provisions of the IDLC).
- Member states agree to treat traffic infractions as if they were committed in the home state – This essentially means that, if you reside in a member state and are convicted of a DUI offense in any other member state, your home state will impose the same types of penalties as it would had the drunk driving infraction been committed in the home state. The only exception to this arises when member states may not have the same laws; for DUIs, this situation can arise when, for instance, one state may have felony DUI laws and another does not.
The Bottom Line for Motorists in Colorado
When it comes to out-of-state DUIs, the bottom line is that:
- For non-Coloradans, if you are arrested for a DUI in Colorado, you will have to return to the state to resolve the case. Upon conviction, the penalties may be served out in your home state (if it’s an IDLC member).
- For Coloradans, the reverse applies if the arrest occurred in an IDLC member state.
- For everyone, retaining an experienced DUI defense lawyer is integral to favorably resolving out-of-state DUI charges and cases.
Contact a Broomfield DUI Lawyer at The Datz Law Firm
Have you or a loved one been charged with a DUI in Colorado? If so, a Broomfield DUI lawyer at The Datz Law Firm is ready to provide you with superior defense representation. At The Datz Law Firm, we know how stressful and consuming serious legal problems can be. That’s why we’re here to help you resolve your legal issues, get through these challenging times and move forward into a brighter future.
Call us at (720) 256-2404, or email us using the contact form at the top of this page to find out more about your best DUI defense options.
Although our office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., we make ourselves available anytime of the day or night to talk about your important legal matters – or simply to discuss your worries and concerns. The bottom line is that we are flexible, available, and responsive.