Getting a DUI can be frustrating and inconvenient. However, DUIs can affect some careers more than others. If you are a truck driver with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and you receive a DUI, you will face more severe consequences than the average driver. As a truck driver with a CDL, you have stricter blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits than the average driver. Also, the consequences of getting a DUI, even if you are off duty, are high. Fully understanding the consequences of a DUI can help you to take precautionary measures. This can ensure that you will not get behind the wheel after drinking.
Commercial Driver’s License
Truck drivers and other drivers with commercial driver’s licenses have higher standards on the road than the average driver. This is because commercial trucks can do a lot more damage on the road than the average car can. If you’ve ever seen an accident on the highway involving a commercial truck and a regular-sized vehicle, you know that a truck can crush other cars with ease. For this reason, accidents involving commercial trucks are oftentimes fatal. Driving while under the influence increases the likelihood of an accident. This action can make you a liability to your employer.
As a truck driver with a commercial driver’s license, you must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulations. These regulations concern drugs and/or alcohol use while driving. These regulations are most restrictive in terms of their blood alcohol concentration limit. This BAC is set at 0.04%, a much lower limit than what a person without a CDL will face. Alcohol tolerance for a truck driver with a CDL is lower because of the safety risks involved with driving large trucks carrying potentially dangerous cargo and the sheer size of commercial trucks. Furthermore, the FMCSA rules state that if you refuse to submit to a blood alcohol test, you will automatically be found guilty of driving under the influence.
DUI Trial and CDL
The process of trial for a DUI if you have a CDL is similar to that of the average person’s. You will undergo the same process as a typical driver, however you must comply with a lower BAC limit. Also, your license could get suspended for a longer period of time than is normal for non-commercial drivers. If your license gets suspended, whether you received your DUI on or off duty, you can’t work because you can’t drive. Furthermore, a DUI could cause an employer to fire you, and having a DUI on your record will make it difficult for you to be hired by another company.
The consequences of receiving a DUI as a truck driver with a CDL are severe. You will be subjected to stricter regulations than a non-commercial driver and receiving a DUI will directly affect your ability to work. Refraining from driving under the influence is important if your livelihood depends on driving. If you have a CDL and you received a DUI charge, you need to build a strong defense to fight the charge and keep your job. I work exclusively with DUI cases, so I have the experience to help you with your case. Contact me today for help defending your case.