DWI and CDL: Extra Restrictions and Risks for Commercial Drivers

//DWI and CDL: Extra Restrictions and Risks for Commercial Drivers

There are stricter laws that apply to individuals with a commercial driver’s license, essentially driving home the importance of anyone who drives these larger vehicles needing to be as responsible as possible behind the wheel at all times.

That’s why those with a CDL must be above reproach with their driving in all situations, even when they are not at work, meaning that offenses that are major when driving in a personal vehicle can become that much more severe for those with a CDL. In most cases, it can mean the loss of a job or even a career or, at the very least, a driver may have to take additional classes and pay heavy penalty fees to return to the road.

So what types of infractions can most affect commercial drivers? If you have a CDL, you want to avoid tickets of any kind, but if you are arrested for one of the following infractions – even while driving a personal vehicle – you could risk losing your license, according to DMV.org:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI/DWI).
  • Operating a vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance.
  • Fleeing the scene of an accident.
  • Negligent driving that leads to a fatality.
  • Refusing an alcohol test.
  • Having a blood-alcohol content above the state’s designated legal limit (this varies by state).
  • Using any vehicle to commit a felony crime.
  • Using a vehicle as part of manufacturing, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance.
  • Driving a truck while your CDL is suspended, revoked or canceled.

Having a CDL is a hard-earned privilege, and drivers with them must understand that anytime they get behind the wheel of any vehicle, they must operate it to the best of their ability. A loss of a CDL can be incredibly expensive – both in terms of administrative penalties and the loss of job income – so a driver’s ability to earn a living is put at risk whenever they make poor decisions behind the wheel.

If you need legal representation for a CDL and DWI-related driving arrest, reach out to Hill & Hill Attorneys at Law. We can help defend you in your case and try to have any charges against you reduced or even dismissed. To discuss the specifics of your situation, call us today at 866-369-2889.

2017-05-02T22:23:30+00:00