Riverside, CA asked in DUI / DWI for California

Q: Can a dui be transferred from state to state ? OR to CA ?

I was visiting family in Oregon and Saturday night (April 9) I was pulled over and received a dui but I live in California and can’t travel back and forward. My court date was set for June 6, 2022 and I want to know if my case can be transferred to my county.

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Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair
Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair
Answered
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: No, you can't transfer the prosecution to a venue that is more convenient for you. You will need to either retain a lawyer or appear at your arraignment on June 6. At that appearance, your lawyer will appear on your behalf or, assuming you are there, you may have a public defender appointed (assuming you qualify) or you may choose to settle your case. Whatever way you decide to proceed, if you are convicted, you will probably be able to satisfy any terms of punishment in CA. This is important because if you are convicted you will need to satisfy the CA DUI program that the DMV will require to reinstate your license.

John Karas and Mr. Richard Orville Middlebrook agree with this answer

John Karas
John Karas
Answered
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Temecula, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I agree with Mr. Bair. Hire a criminal defense attorney who specializes in DUI cases. Often overlooked defenses (everything from the unlawful basis of the stop to your blood alcohol level) can be raised if you hire the right attorney.

Otherwise, appear on your own behalf. If you are income eligible, a Public Defender will be appointed to represent you.

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