The easiest way to find out if the CA DMV knows is to go to a local field office and get a copy of your DMV printout. IF it does appear on your record though somehow it is missed by the prosecutor you are going to have a long term problem. If the DMV recognizes the prior and you settle for the case as a 1st DUI offense in court you may not be able to obtain your CA license again until you complete the SB38 (2nd offender) alcohol program. You obviously need to have a qualified lawyer to help you through this maze. Good luck.
Ventura County will find out about it when the DA's Office runs your FBI record. They will make it a second offense DUI.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
This reply should NOT be considered a legal opinion of your case / inquiry. At this time I do not have sufficient factual/legal documentation to give a complete answer to your question and there may be more to the issues you raised then I have set out in my brief reply.
The Ventura County District Attorney will file your current offense as a second DUI if they find and recognize the out of state prior. As a former deputy DA in Ventura County, I am very familiar with the policies and procedures they use in filing cases. Ventura is among the strictest counties in the state on DUIs. I strongly suggest that you consult with an attorney who focuses on Ventura DUI cases. Good luck.
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