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How an Out of State Prior DUI Affects a DUI in California

Attacking an Out of State Prior DUI in CA.

An Out of State Prior DUI counts in California, if the other state’s DUI law is substantially similar to California’s DUI law.

Generally speaking this means that the other state law has a driving component, as opposed to a operating component, and that the level of intoxication for the (a) count is “mental or physical abilities are SO IMPAIRED” as to be not within the range of ordinary.

When the client is charged with an Out of State Prior, the remedy is to either file a Demurrer at the Arraignment, file a Motion to Strike the Prior during the Pendency of the case or attack the Pior in a bifurcated Trial.

If you have an out of state prior that is impacting your current California DUI case, contact my office to discuss your case more fully.

Here are the Dui, OUI and DWI Levels for all the States:

State     OUI/DUI                                  Level of Impairment

AL        Drive/Physical Control               alcohol: under the influence/drugs: ‘so impaired

                                                              can’t operate safely’


AZ        Drive/Physical Control               slightest degree

CO       Drive                                         impaired to slightest degree

CT        Drive                                         affected to appreciable degree

DE        Drive                                         under the influence

FL        Drive/Physical Control                impaired

GA       Drive/Physical Control                less safe for person to drive

HI        Operate/Physical Control            impair

IA        Operate                                      intoxicated

ID        Drive/Physical Control                under the influence

IL         Drive/Physical Control                incapable of safely driving

IN        Operate                                      intoxicated

KS       Operate/Attempt                        incapable of driving safely

KY       Operate                                     impaired

LA       Operate                                      under the influence

MA      Operate                                      under the influence

MI        Operate                                     under the influence

MN      Drive/Physical Control                under the influence

MO      Operate                                     intoxicated/drugged condition

MS       Operate                                     impaired

MT       Physical Control                         under the influence

NE       Physical Control                         under the influence

NH      Drive/Attempt                             under the influence

NJ       Operate/Allow Another               under the influence

            to Operate

NM     Drive                                          under the influence

NY      Operate                                      intoxicated condition

OH      Operate (Car, Streetcar              under the influence

            Trackless Trolley)

OK      Physical Control                         under the influence

OR      Physical Control                          under the influence

PA       Drive, Operate, Physical              incapable of safely driving

            Control of Movement

RI        Operate                                     under the influence

SC       Operate                                    materially/appreciably impaired

SD       Physical Control                       under the influence

TN       Physical Control                       impairs ability to safely operate

TX       Operate                                   intoxicated

UT       Physical Control                       impairs ability to safely operate

VA      Operate                                   under the influence

VT       Physical Control                      under the influence

WA      Drive                                      under the influence

WI        Operate                                 incapable of safely driving

WV       Operate                                 under the influence

WY       Physical Control                    incapable of driving safely

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