What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Oregon.
Hi there. As the title states, I got a DUI in California 13 years ago. I was not and I am not from California. At the time, I was a resident of New Mexico and I was passing through. My NM license was taken away but was mailed back to my address in New Mexico. It was a long while ago, but I'm assuming they told me that I had a court date that I needed to attend, which I didn't. If I'm remembering correctly, the date wasn't for a couple months and couldn't afford to fly back to California and I certainly couldn't afford to live in my van and wait around for the date. This happened in Redding California.
So, I figured that all was fine because I certainly wouldn't be moving to California anytime soon and I certainly wouldn't have any reasons to drive around there either. Years passed and I moved to Seattle and I had no problems going on with my life and getting a driver's license there. Once I finished school, I moved to Portland Oregon and here is where that DUI has come back and had bit me in the butt.
I can't get a driver's license here. The computers don't inform the DMV why but it gives them a California number for them to give to me. I called the number years ago and kept getting conflicting information with each person I was passed onto. One said I had to just pay a fine while another said I had to go back to Redding and go to court. In any case, I couldn't and I still can't afford either. I've financially struggled since I've moved to Portland and I'm pretty much stuck here till I can find some stable work. Anyway, I've been driving to Washington to renew my license, which has worked fine till now.
Yesterday I got pulled over for having a stupid plastic covering over my license plate (it came with the car). The officer noticed my driver's license, and from all my expired and current insurance cards, it would have been stupid to lie and say I just moved here. It was obvious that I've lived in Oregon longer than a year and didn't want to get caught lieing. I was given a pretty ugly ticket of $247 and was given a month to prove to court that I have an Oregon DL.
I'm wondering what my next move should be and would love some advice. I was thinking I might try a DMV office in another county. Does anyone know if this would make a difference? Should I just pay the ticket and keep hoping I don't get pulled over again? I found some site recently where someone mentioned a "1650 waiver packet" ( [url=http://hubpages.com/hub/outofstateholdonlicense]When You Can’t Get a License Outside of California Because California Suspended Your License[/url] ). Does anyone know if this might be applicable to me? I can't seem to get through on the phone number provided.
Thank you for any advice!