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Out-of-State DUI Arrests in Colorado

Getting arrested for a DUI is a challenging ordeal. Still, the situation can become significantly more complicated when it occurs in a state where you don’t reside. Depending on your home state’s laws and regulations, an out-of-state DUI arrest in Colorado can lead to consequences both in the state of Colorado and your home state. Understanding these complexities is crucial when facing an out-of-state DUI arrest.

In cases where an out-of-state resident has their license revoked following a DUI arrest in Colorado, the state of Colorado will typically notify the driver’s home state about the incident. This exchange of information is facilitated through the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, an agreement between 45 states. Under this compact, when an individual applies for a driver’s license in one state, that state will check the National Driver Registry for any license suspensions or revocations in other states. If your name appears on the National Driver Registry with an alcohol-related driving charge, your home state’s DMV may take action to suspend or revoke your license.

Reinstating driver privileges can be particularly challenging for out-of-state residents who have their licenses revoked due to failing or refusing a sobriety test. In such cases, limited opportunities may be available.

However, suppose your DUI arrest leads to a sentence of DUI probation. In that case, transferring your probation to your home state is possible. The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision governs this process, and it is subject to specific requirements, including:

  1. Second or Subsequent DUI or DWAI Conviction: The probation transfer option is typically available for individuals with a second or subsequent DUI or DWAI conviction.
  2. Probation Term: The probation term must be 90 days or longer.
  3. Compliance with Colorado Probation: Full compliance with probation requirements in Colorado before the transfer is crucial.
  4. Supervision Plan: The receiving state must have a supervision plan to accept the transfer.
  5. Residency: You must be a resident of the receiving state to be eligible for probation transfer..

Navigating the legal complexities of an out-of-state DUI arrest in Colorado can be overwhelming. To protect your rights and effectively address the situation, it is advisable to seek legal counsel from experienced professionals who understand the intricacies of DUI laws and interstate agreements.

At Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, we specialize in alcohol and drug-related driving offenses in Colorado, including cases involving out-of-state residents. Our dedicated team is well-versed in the nuances of DUI laws. It can provide you with the guidance and representation needed to navigate the legal challenges effectively.


In conclusion, out-of-state DUI arrests in Colorado can lead to complex legal implications, both in Colorado and your home state. To ensure you receive proper legal assistance and protect your rights, contact a knowledgeable Denver DUI attorney at Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, who can help you understand your options and work towards a favorable outcome in your case.

Do you have further questions or concerns? Call us or contact the attorneys at Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, and we will be happy to help.

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