Assume for a second that you have a Pennsylvania Driver’s License and are charged with a DUI in New Jersey, will you suffer a license suspension? For the most part, NO, Pennsylvania will not suspend your license.
The first concern is whether the other state is a member of the Driver License Compact. This is an interstate program designed to facilitate communication between Departments of Transportation regarding matters involving your license. For example, if you receive a traffic violation in New Jersey, but your home state is Pennsylvania, New Jersey will automatically send Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation the record of your violation. 48 States are members of this Compact, so chances are the state in which you received a DUI is a member state.
Next, it depends on whether the new DUI is your first DUI offense. If it is your first DUI offense, then Pennsylvania will not suspend your license if you are convicted of a DUI in a member state. If it is a second or subsequent offense, Pennsylvania will suspend your license for 1 year if convicted of a DUI in a member state.
So, most of the time, you will not receive a license suspension if you are convicted of a first offense DUI in another state. I say most of the time because PennDOT screws up license suspensions all the time.
If PennDOT has suspended your license, and you do not think the suspension is entirely legal, give me a call: 412-209-0657. My firm has experience dealing with PennDOT and sifting through the confusing paperwork.