Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges are serious no matter what the circumstances are surrounding a case. From losing your license to spending time in jail, the penalties can be severe. If you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and are charged with a DUI, the impact can extend beyond your personal life by having a long-term impact on your career.
Anyone with a CDL who is charged with a drunk driving charge will face additional penalties beyond a regular driver.
Even if you are not driving a commercial truck or other vehicle at the time of the incident you can still face more serious penalties just because you have a CDL. Consequences of a conviction include the loss of your CDL for a minimum of one year for first offenses and up to ten years for subsequent offenses. The ability to use your CDL is tied to your livelihood for you and your family. When facing these charges, you need an experienced drunk driving attorney. Grewal Law PLLC proudly serves the people of Michigan.
As your legal counsel, our attorneys will go through all the evidence brought against you in order to build a solid defense for you. From a CDL license suspension to heavy fines and other punishments, you could be facing penalties at the state and federal levels.
Contact our experienced lawyers today to assist you with your CDL DUI charges. Call (888) 211-5798 to schedule a free case consultation.
CDL DUI Penalties if Convicted
As a commercial driver, the penalties you face for a conviction can have a major impact on your life and your career. Anyone with a CDL who is charged with a drunk driving can face a wide range of penalties beyond regular drivers.
These include the following punishment if convicted:
- One-year suspension of CDL for one year for a first offense and up to three years if you are transporting hazardous materials.
- Your CDL will be revoked for a minimum of ten years for a second or third offense.
Building Your DUI Charge Defense
Federal CDL rules limit the BAC to half the legal limit for regular drivers. If you are a regular driver over the age of 21, you are not allowed to drive with the bodily alcohol content (BAC) of over .08 or greater. However, individuals with a CDL are not allowed to operate vehicle with a BAC of .04 or greater. Employers follow a strict no tolerance policy in regards to drug and alcohol use for individuals operating commercial vehicles. Under federal law, you can be randomly tested for drug or alcohol abuse by your employer.
In addition to workplace testing under Michigan’s Implied Consent Law, all drivers are required to submit to a BAC test if pulled over. While serving as your defense, we will look for any issues related to your test. We will examine how the test was given to ensure law enforcement followed proper procedures during its administration. Our investigation will help us build the best defense for you in your case.
Defending Your CDL Drunk Driving Case
Receiving a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) drunk driving conviction as an individual with a CDL can have an impact on your personal and professional life. If you are facing these charges call our Michigan criminal defense lawyers at Grewal Law PLLC. Our experienced team is ready to handle your drunk driving case in Lansing, East Lansing, and Okemos.
We have proven results in defending all types of drunk driving cases and will fight tirelessly to protect your future when facing charges as a CDL driver.
Contact us now for a no-obligation quote at (888) 211-5798.