I got my first DUI in NJ about 3 years ago. License was suspended for a bit. Just now I got a second DUI in PA but I still live in NJ and have a NJ drivers license. Will NJ know about my PA offense and take away my license?
If you are convicted of DWI in PA, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) will be notified. NJ MVC will generally then take against your NJ driving privileges (your NJ license) independent of what happens in PA. There might be defense issues, but these very limited once an out of state conviction carries over to NJ.
The law and process is known as the law of "reciprocity." Since you have a prior DWI conviction 3 years ago, NJ MVC will suspend your license for 2-years. You can fight (and win) the PA case (to avoid the reciprocal suspension) or another option would be to explore whether the prior case can be re-opened - a procedure known as Post-Conviction Relief. If you can re-open and win the prior, PA might give you ARD (a Diversionary Program) as a 1st offender (which NJ MVC should not regard as a conviction) - or worst case if you are convicted in PA, NJ MVC would treat the conviction as a 1st offense (and suspend either 90 days of 7 months depending on the BAC). I would suggest speaking with and possibly retaining a NJ DWI Defense Lawyer to explore your options as far as the NJ issues are concerned. You obviously need a PA DWI lawyer to handle the DWI there.
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