Commercial Driver DUI
The state of California takes commercial driver DUIs very seriously. But CDL holders arrested for DUI in California are not required to give up their livelihood permanently. Although the police make the arrests and the courts decide if the commercial driver is guilty, contacting a California commercial DUI lawyer can save your CDL, career, and income. Getting a criminal conviction will affect your employment, so contact our office immediately to discuss your options.
State law in California requires commercial drivers maintain a BAC of 0.04% or lower to operate any motor vehicle (including personal, non-commercial vehicles) once licensed. CDL holders convicted of DUI face a mandatory 12-month license suspension. If driving is your main source of income, that can cause serious financial issues. So, it's important to contact an attorney who can fight for you in court and help you move past this event.
Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than a class C drivers, and a DUI conviction for a commercial driver in California has serious consequences. For instance, a first-time DUI in California will revoke a commercial driver's license for a year, while a regular driver can get a restricted license right away. What's worse - a second DUI by a commercial driver will result in a permanent revocation of your commercial driving privilege. Don't let it happen.
The commercial driver license is more expensive and requires more training and testing than a regular driver. Additionally, a commercial driver is required to spend the entire day on the road, which means a DUI can cost their livelihood. Even worse, if you have invested significant capital into your business you risk losing your equipment, defaulting on business debts, and going bankrupt.
A commercial driver with a first DUI in California will have to undergo a court hearing and will be required to take several classes of alcohol education. The DMV will then decide whether to revoke your driver's license, but there's a very good chance you will lose the privilege to drive for a year.
The punishment is more severe than for a first DUI, and a second DUI can be extremely dangerous for commercial drivers. The penalties for a first DUI in California are steep and can lead to a lifetime ban of the driver's license. In addition, the penalties for a commercial driver's license will depend on the circumstances of the arrest and the circumstances of the accident.
If you are a commercial driver and have been arrested for DUI, contact the Johnson Criminal Law Group today to discuss getting your life back on the road. We have helped thousands of clients facing criminal charges over nearly two decades of service to Orange County. We can help you too.