If I received a DWI in Denmark, how would that affect me in the US?

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If I received a DWI in Denmark, how would that affect me in the US?

Asked on November 17, 2010 under Criminal Law, Texas

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M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

While states exchange traffic violation information with one another, I would seriously doubt that such information is shared between countries.  I'm not sure why you are asking this question.  If it is because you have been arrested again here in the US, you should know that if you are asked specifically asked in court about previous such offenses, you cannot lie.  Or, if you think that it will affect obtaining a license here, again while I doubt that this would show up anywhere, if asked on an driver's license application about prior offenses, you may have disclose this DUI.  It depends on just how the question is worded. So, for example, if the application asks something along the lines if , "Have you been arrested for a DUI or similar offense", you must answer, "Yes".  If on the other hand however, you are asked, "Have you been arrested for a DUI or similar offense in another state", you can truthfully answer, "No".  The same holds true for an insurance application or the like.


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