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    Default Moving to Another State Right After Being Charged with DUI

    A friend of mine was just giving a guilty verdict for a DUI in Colorado and is set to be sentenced in a couple of months. He wants to go immediately to another state to get a new license before it appears on his record. He will plan on staying there and ultimately have a warrant issued. What should he expect when his new license is up for renewal or he gets pulled over?

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    Default Re: Moving to Another State Right After Being Charged with DUI

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    He will plan on staying there and ultimately have a warrant issued.
    Not too smart.. Especially if you mean that he plans on not showing up to his sentencing hearing. Once a warrant is issued for his arrest, the warrant will remain in effect until he voluntarily handles it through court or until he is arrested and taken in. While there is a slight chance that he may not be extradited from the other state to CO, the inconvenience of being arrested, and held for an undetermined amount of time should serve as a deterrent to failing to appear.

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    A friend of mine was just giving a guilty verdict for a DUI in Colorado and is set to be sentenced in a couple of months. He wants to go immediately to another state to get a new license before it appears on his record. He will plan on staying there and ultimately have a warrant issued. What should he expect when his new license is up for renewal or he gets pulled over?
    Colorado is a member in the Driver's License Compact, the Non-Resident Violator Compact and is required to report DUI convictions and license suspensions to the National Driver Registry. Which means that depending on what his sentence may include (and assuming that his CO license is suspended as a result), his driving privilege is also suspended in other (ALL) states.

    Driving on a suspended license (and regardless of whether that license was issued before or after the suspension took effect) is a misdemeanor in most (if not all) states and subjects the driver to a sentence of jail time in addition to huge fines.

    Your friend needs to face reality, deal with the consequences of his actions and serve out his possible suspension period. Running away WILL undoubtedly make matters more complicated and expensive.

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