I have dealt with this when I first started practicing law. I worked six years of practicing law on Tennessee Kentucky border in Claiborne County, Tennessee. The only real difference that you see in that versus someone from Tennessee is with the driver’s license and restricted licenses.
This is what would happen. Let’s say you’ve got somebody from Ohio, comes here to watch a football game, gets a DUI, and gets convicted of DUI here in Tennessee. The clerk’s office in Tennessee is going to send an abstract of that to the Tennessee Department of Safety.
The Tennessee Department of Safety is going to send that abstract to Department of Motor Vehicles, in Columbus, Ohio. Then Columbus, Ohio is going to send that person a letter saying, “Your license is revoked, suspended, cancelled” according to Ohio State law regarding that conviction. That has been my experience time, and time, and time again.
The unusual thing about this, you’re still going to get your driving privileges revoked from driving a motor vehicle in the state of Tennessee. Even if you’re just coming down here for a ball game and you’re back up in Ohio, it doesn’t matter. That part of it doesn’t matter—you’re not going to be driving in the state of Tennessee.
However, a Tennessee judge cannot take that Ohio driver’s license. If you get a Tennessee driver’s license, the judge is required to take that from you at the time of your plea.
However, until that Ohio resident gets a letter from Ohio regarding the status of their driver’s license, the Tennessee judge’s order revoking the privilege to drive in Tennessee will result in a Driving on a Suspended, Canceled, or Revoked License in Tennessee should that Ohio resident operate a motor vehicle in Tennessee during the revocation period.
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