DA's Office (in NC) has access to a national search, but whether they go that far as to go to other states, for pending charges, is situational. For instance, seeing a Civil Revocation on an NC Driving Record is clear evidence to anyone in the DWI world that someone was charged with DWI. Would a Georgia DA's Office look - that's for someone in GA to answer. My recommendation is to prepare for the worst-case scenario (ask your attorney) and work towards the best.
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GREAT QUESTION. A lot depends on what database the prosecutor reviews. There is more than one way to see a pending charge. . .or at least give cause to suspect the possibility of other matters yet to be resolved in court.
There are national and state records available. The FBI maintains something called the NCIC that shows arrests and convictions. In North Carolina, we maintain something lawyers often refer to as AOC in Raleigh.
But, as stated, there is more than one way to pull information. In North Carolina, DMV also maintains records, which would normally include CIVIL REVOCATIONS associated with DWI / Impaired Driving Offenses.
The big question is whether an NC record would reflect a Georgia charge. That's difficult to say, as it would depend on whether Georgia revoked or suspended a license, even for being charged, and sent notice to NC DMV.
BEST BET: Talk to an experienced attorney. Everything you tell your lawyer, including pending and prior offenses, is protected under Attorney-Client privilege.
You may want to take a look at our NC DWI Quick Reference Guide:
Again, great question. Thanks for asking!
Charlotte DWI Lawyer
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