What happens if I’m convicted of drunk driving in another state? What if I live in another state and I’m convicted of a DWI in New Jersey?
New Jersey motorists are required to obey NJ traffic laws – even when they are operating a motor vehicle in another state. That’s because New Jersey is part of the Driver License Compact, an interstate agreement between 45 states to forward information about license suspensions and traffic violations to motorists’ home states. (The association’s theme is “One Driver, One License, One Record.”) This means that a New Jersey resident who is convicted of drunk driving in New York or Pennsylvania, for instance, will still face license suspension and other penalties in New Jersey. Additionally, an out-of-state DWI will be placed on your NJ driving record, so that a later conviction for a DWI or DUI will count as a second offense and carry enhanced penalties.
Similar to how NJ residents must obey New Jersey traffic laws in other states, residents of New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts must obey the traffic laws in their home states – even while driving in New Jersey. If you are a New York resident traveling through NJ for work, or while on vacation, and you are busted for drunk driving, your NY driver’s license could be suspended.
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