The Coachella Valley in Riverside County host some of the most popular music festivals drawing in crowds from all over the world to party in the desert. This year, 99 arrests were made during the Coachella Music and Arts Festival’s opening weekend, with 90 percent of those arrests being for drug or alcohol-related offenses.
What happens if you were arrested for DUI or received any other drug-related charges while visiting Riverside County to attend a music festival from another state, and what can you do to deal with these charges?
Out-of-State Drivers in California
If you are arrested for DUI in California you will face criminal charges in court and must also face the California DMV.
When an out-of-state driver is arrested for DUI, they are notified by law enforcement that their privilege to drive in California will be automatically suspended in 30 days. The California DMV is then immediately notified and you have ten days from the date of your arrest to challenge the suspension by requesting a California DMV hearing.
Requesting a hearing from the DMV will postpone your automatic suspension of driving privileges within the state.
While you may think that you can avoid facing consequences for a California DUI because you are not a resident, your driving privileges in your home state are likely to be affected as well.
California belongs to the Interstate Drivers License Compact (IDLC) which includes all but five states (Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) that report driving arrests to each other. Your home state may have you face the same DMV penalties as you would in the state of California.
Taking Action Against DUI Charges
If convicted of DUI in California, you will likely face consequences in both California and your home state.
If you are arrested for a DUI in California and you live in another state if you value your freedom and driving privilege you will want to retain an experienced DUI law firm to help you.
In most DUI cases we can appear in court for you as well as at the DMV hearing without your presence being necessary.
At Wallin & Klarich, our DUI attorneys have appeared on behalf of our clients for over 35 years. By having our attorneys represent you at both the DMV hearing and court hearings, we can gather all the evidence necessary to ensure the best defense for you in your case.
By hiring Wallin & Klarich, you may be able to completely avoid having to appear in court, receive reduced penalties, or in some cases have your case completely dismissed.
Contact the DUI Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Today
With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance, Los Angeles and San Diego, you can find an experienced Wallin & Klarich DUI attorney available near you no matter where you are located.
Call our office today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.