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DUI Convictions and Travel Restrictions

DUI Convictions and Travel Restrictions

With a DUI conviction on your criminal record, you may face difficulties when traveling both internationally and domestically.

Domestic Travel

There are no state-to-state restrictions for travel within the United States for individuals with a DUI on their record. However, if you have a pending case, this is something you need to think about before your next trip.

Pending Case

If your case is pending, you need to ensure that it is okay that you leave the area before doing so. First, you should consider any court dates you need to attend. If you miss a court date, you may get a bench warrant out for your arrest. In some cases, your attorney may be able to represent you in the courtroom, and you will not have to worry about attending. Still, this is something you need to confirm first before going on your trip.

Another important factor to consider is the conditions of your bond. When individuals post bail and are released from jail, they have to follow a set of conditions. A common condition is that the defendant cannot leave the county where their case is taking place. If they do, they could be sent back to jail for violating their bail conditions. If you are currently out on bail, check with your attorney and bail agent to ensure that you are free to travel.

International Travel

International travel is where you may run into more obstacles with a DUI conviction. There are no set guidelines for international travel with a DUI - it is entirely up to the rules of the country you intend to visit. Some countries will not allow you to enter if you have a criminal conviction, even a misdemeanor DUI.
The countries that may bar you from entering include:

  • Mexico
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • China
  • Japan

However, even for these countries with strict DUI restrictions, you may still be able to visit.
Some countries offer waivers, so you can apply for entry in advance. In others, you may be allowed to enter after paying a fine. After 10 years have passed since your conviction, you will be considered “rehabilitated,” and you will be allowed to enter Canada.

If you are planning to travel internationally, you must look up your destination country’s laws about travelers convicted of DUI so you can take the necessary steps to be allowed entry.

Car Rentals

When you think of the consequences of a DUI, car rental obstacles may not even cross your mind. However, your ability to rent a car can become nearly impossible after a DUI conviction. This is something that can affect both domestic and international travel even if you have no other limitations.

Rental car companies reserve the right to deny anyone a rental, and a DUI conviction is one reason they may do this. If you have a DUI on your record or even simple traffic violations, it can signal to the company that you are a liability. A number of car rental companies have specific policies in place about when you can rent a car after a DUI conviction. For example, Budget won’t rent a car to anyone with a DUI on record within the last 48 months.

Even if your DUI was over four years ago, you may still be unable to use a rental car. If you are required to use an ignition interlock device, you will most likely not find a car with the device installed.

Alabama DUI Defense

A DUI conviction doesn’t just result in jail time, fines, or probation. It can affect your life in unforeseen ways for years after your conviction. One of the best ways to prevent your arrest from turning into a conviction is to contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Burrell & McCants, LLC, we have helped numerous clients get their DUI charges dismissed. Give us a call today at (205) 547-3042 so we can learn more about your case.