What is the DUI penalty for commercial drivers?

Commercial drivers are held to higher standards than regular drivers. This holds especially true when it comes to drunk driving. A commercial driver faces DUI penalties if his or her blood alcohol count registers at .04 or higher (the cutoff line for regular drivers is .08). And if the CDL driver's BAC is below .04 he or she will be issued an "out-of-service" ticket, halting all driving for the next 24 hours.

Exact DUI or DWI penalties vary by state. But should you be arrested for DUI you can expect the following repercussions:

  • License suspension. In most cases this will be for one year, but suspensions in some states may be longer. Or if you're charged with DUI while transporting Hazmat you'll face an multi-year suspension. In California, for example, Hazmat drivers are suspended for three years.
  • Steep fines.
  • Possible jail time.
  • High reinstatement fees.
  • Loss of job. 
  • Strict probation periods. 

And unlike regular drivers, you cannot apply for a restricted license.

With so much at stake following a drunk driving arrest, you should not try to interpret your state's DUI laws on your own. Instead you should hire DUI lawyer. These attorneys have years of experience handling DUI cases. They understand your state's rules and are familiar with the presiding court. It's this type of expertise that can help reduce your DUI penalty, thus saving you money and possibly your career. 

For exact DUI penalties in your state, try contacting your DMV or the state police.

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