Does My State Know About My DUI In Another State?
If you were convicted of drunk driving in a state other than Arizona and then you move to Arizona, do all the same restrictions apply? Because Arizona is a member of the Interstate Drivers' License Compact, any information about DUI arrests in other member states is shared. The only states that are not part of this compact are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
It is illegal in all 50 states to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the legal limit being .08% blood alcohol content (BAC) or higher. Every state has unique verbiage and different statutes against drunk driving, but they all generally outlaw the same thing.
For example, you might be arrested for OVI (operating under the influence) in Ohio. While not the same as driving under the influence (DUI), it is considered an equivalent offense. Since Ohio and Arizona are both members of the Interstate Drivers' License Compact, all the same restrictions would apply. Essentially, the OVI would follow you to Arizona.
What happens if I'm arrested on vacation?
Vacation is a time to let loose, which is why drinking and driving is a common "vacation arrest." If you were arrested for DUI while visiting Phoenix, a Phoenix law firm should handle your case. We handle DUI defense for residents of Arizona as well as those who were arrested while visiting.
Multiple DUI and Out of State Arrests
Because Arizona takes into consideration DUI arrests that happened in other states, you could face enhanced penalties for a DUI offense that takes place within seven years of your last one. Again, Arizona knows about any prior DUIs that you might have on your record, even if they did not happen within the state of Arizona.