Reciprocity: NC DWI; SC resident

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Reciprocity: NC DWI; SC resident

Can you explain to me how reciprocity works? How would one state, SC, know that someone had been convicted of and served a year in jail for their 4th DWI?

Asked on May 6, 2009 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

R.S.T., Member, NY Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

They know this because it's 2009, and you can't just run off to the little house on the prarie and pretend you're someone else.  Each state benefits from reciprocity.  "I will show you our ex-convicts, if you show me yours." That way each the citizens of each state can be protected from the citizens of other states.  And each state is not a little country unto itself, states (and corporations, for that matter) share all manner of things with each other.  When you're convicted of a crime, that little piece of privacy right that you had is no longer there. That becomes a public record that anyone can find out about it, if it hasnt been sealed or expunged. 

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

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

 

 

 

They know this because of the Interstate Driver's License Compact.  This is an agreement between participating states to share information regardng certain types of convictions, including DUI.

Because of the compact, if the resident of one state gets convicted of a DUI in another state, the home state will be advised.  The type of action taken will vary from state-to-state.

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

States are not stupid. They know people can try to evade the law or sanctions by moving to another state and seeking a license in the other state. So they each input the data into a database and the other states check the database before issuing a new license.

 


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