DUI is one of the most common offenses in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 5.1 million traffic accidents in 2016, and 1.5 million of those involved alcohol. Because DUI is such a common offense, it can be hard to know what steps to take if you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).
In this blog post, we will explore some of the steps that can help you get a passport with a DUI.
Can I get a passport with a DUI?
Yes, you can get a passport with a DUI. The process is slightly different than getting a passport without a DUI, but it can still be done. You will need to provide the court with your criminal record and proof that you have completed any required alcohol education or treatment programs. There are some other requirements, but the general process is the same. If you are applying for a passport in order to travel outside of the United States, be sure to also check the visa requirements for your destination country.
What is a DUI?
A DUI, or driving under the influence, is a crime that can result in fines and jail time. A DUI can also lead to a revoked driver’s license. If you’re convicted of a DUI, your car will likely be seized and you may be required to take alcohol education classes. In some cases, you may also have to install ignition interlock devices on your vehicles.
What are the consequences of a DUI?
If you are convicted of a DUI in the state of Washington, you may be denied a passport. In addition, if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over .08%, your driver’s license will also be suspended for six months. If you are convicted of a DUI in any other state, the penalties may vary depending on the state.
How long will it take to process my DUI?
If you have been convicted of a DUI in California, it can take up to six weeks for your case to be processed. During this time you may not be able to travel outside of the state or country. If you have a valid driver’s license from another state, you may be able to use that license while your case is pending.
What can I do if I have to go to jail because of a DUI?
If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you may be wondering what can happen to your passport. In most cases, a DUI will result in a loss of your driver’s license and a possible jail sentence. However, depending on the severity of your DUI, you may also have to go through alcohol treatment and/or attend DUI school. If you qualify for a hardship license, you will not have to go to jail or complete any programs, but still must carry proof of sobriety (such as an ignition interlock device or certificate from Alcoholics Anonymous). If you are found guilty of a DUI, you may also have to pay fines and court costs.
Depending on the type of DUI you were arrested for, there may be some exceptions to the requirement for a criminal record check. For example, if you have never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, then your state may allow you to apply for a passport without having your criminal record checked. If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor within the past five years, however, then your state most likely requires that your criminal record be checked before you can apply for a passport. Always consult with an immigration attorney to get specific information about whether or not you will need to obtain a criminal history check in order to obtain or renew your passport.