After a DUI conviction, many people think that license suspension is no big deal. After all, they can get past a license suspension for a DUI by moving out of the state, right? Think again. There are many reasons why this is not a viable option.
Driving with a suspended or revoked license will often result in the imposition of jail-time, an additional period of suspension and large fines. Additionally, you will likely have a hard time getting a new license in another state. Technology has made it easy for states to identify problem drivers. With the National Driver Register (NDR), the Motor Vehicle Departments of other states are able to exchange information about your driving record, making it impossible for you to get a new one.
What is the National Driver Register?
The National Driver Register is a computer database designed to cross reference driving records in order to identify drivers whose licenses are suspended or revoked. It maintains a problem driver system that allows the State to find negative information about drivers in order to deny issuing or renewing licenses. The Problem Driver Pointer System does not use your license number or social security number for identification. Instead, it matches your last name and the first few characters of your first name, as well as your date of birth. State motor vehicle agencies can then access your records and consider them when deciding whether or not to give you a license.
In addition to the National Driver Register, States rely upon an agreement called the Driver License Compact (DLC). The Driver License Compact requires all states that are part of the compact to share information regarding DUI convictions, as well as actions such as license suspensions or revocations. But not all states are members of the compact.
All 50 states use the National Driver Register, which was set up through federal laws. That means, no matter where you go in the United States, your DUI and driving record will follow. So if you are convicted of a DUI, and as a result, your license is suspended or revoked in one state, another state can easily look it up and discover that you should not be issued a license.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
In today’s world, living without a driver’s license can be incredibly difficult, even hurting your chances for employment. That’s why you should take your DUI charge seriously. The consequences can be severe and affect all aspects of your life. Hire an experienced DUI attorney to help you sort through your case, prepare a defense, and fight for the best result possible for you. Every case is unique, and just because you’ve been charged doesn’t mean you are guilty. There is hope, but you need an experienced DUI attorney on your side that knows the system inside and out.