If you are a commercial driver, you should understand that you are held
to a higher standard by the law when it comes to drunk driving. While
the average driver is liable to be arrested for a DUI with a blood alcohol
content of 0.08% or more, anyone driving with a commercial driver’s
license (CDL) could be arrested with just 0.04% BAC.
What You Could be Facing
Once a driver with a CDL is arrested, their license could be forfeited
for a certain amount of time, potentially for life. This could be devastating
for any driver as they typically rely on driving to earn a living and
support themselves. Your first DUI will likely result in losing your CDL
for one year; on top of this, you could be forced to perform 40 hours
of community service and be fined upwards of $1,000. Further DUI arrests
will only result in worse penalties, including jail time, especially if
your blood alcohol is above 0.08%.
On top of these penalties, if you choose to refuse to submit to a test
of your blood, breath, or urine during your arrest, the Department of
Driver Services mandates that you be barred from driving a commercial
vehicle for a year. Your refusal can also be used against you by the prosecution
as potential evidence of your guilt since a police officer can arrest
you for DUI even if they did not check your blood alcohol level.
You still have the right to a defense if you are arrested for a DUI. Don’t
risk your license and livelihood—call Henrickson & Sereebutra,
LLC for seasoned legal advocacy.
Call the firm today to set up your no-cost case evaluation!