CDL License Impact

A New Britain DUI can have dire consequences for anyone, but these consequences might be especially severe for commercial driver's license (CDL) holders. This is because CDL holders face more severe penalties for a DUI conviction than the average driver does. In addition, a CDL holder's job may be in jeopardy if they get a DUI. Learn more on this page.


Drivers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) are very affected by DUI charges in New Britain and throughout the state of Connecticut. Commercial vehicles such as buses, trucks, vehicles that carry hazardous material, and large trucks all require a CDL in Connecticut. Since CDL drivers need to meet higher expectations than the average driver, a DUI, failure to take, or failure of a blood alcohol content (BAC) test can result in disqualification of a CDL. You can learn more on this page.

DUI License Impact For CDL Holders

Conviction for driving under the influence, refusal to take a BAC test, or failure of a BAC test will have significant license impact. It will result in a CDL license suspension for one year. A three year license disqualification will be in place if the DUI offense takes place while the offender is transporting hazardous materials requiring special placards under federal law.

Three reasons for automatic disqualification of a CDL and significant license impact are as follows:

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  1. Refusal to take a BAC test under any circumstance, irregardless of what vehicle was being driven at the time (this means you could be driving a personal vehicle or a commercial vehicle).
  2. Having a BAC of at least 0.04% when driving a commercial vehicle or at least 0.08% when driving any other motor vehicle.
  3. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, resulting in a DUI conviction.

Subsequent DUI charges will have further license impact. For any CDL holder will become disqualified for life from having a commercial driver’s license. However, after 10 years and voluntary completion of an addiction treatment program, you can apply for reinstatement. DUI convictions and BAC test failure or refusal in another state can also allow the commissioner to disqualify a Connecticut CDL license.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration subjects CDL truck drivers to their regulations concerning alcohol and drug use while driving. Since there are many safety risks with driving large loads of hazardous material and cargo, the rules set a BAC limit of no more than 0.04%. Regulations also declare that failure to take a blood alcohol test will automatically find the driver guilty of driving under the influence.

Getting Help

CDL holders who get charged with a DUI receive higher consequences on their livelihood, work, and their reputation than those with regular driver’s licenses. Having a DUI defense attorney can greatly help your case. Contact Lady DUI today to get in touch with a New Britain lawyer.

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