Commercial Driver’s License DUI Law

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Truck drivers, school bus drivers and other commercial driving professionals are held to a higher standard when it comes to impaired driving than that of non-commercial drivers. And with good reason. Whether their cargo is a bus packed full of elementary school children or sealed with tanks of gasoline, the stakes for traveling on the road are much higher than the typical automobile driver. When a commercial driver is drunk or under the influence of narcotics not only do they pose as a threat to the general public but also pose as a severe liability to their employer.

In Pennsylvania, the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) threshold is significantly lower for those with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Every CDL operator should be aware that they are permitted a lower blood alcohol level while driving, and that the penalties for getting a DUI are more significant for them.

A commercial driver needs to take DUI arrests seriously as they can adversely affect employment, both current and future. It is essential that a commercial driver retain skilled legal assistance, like that offered at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to fight for their rights – and their jobs.

Commercial Drivers Need to Be Very Careful

The legal blood alcohol rate (BAC) for drivers with a CDL is under 0.04. That is, only half of the legal rate for non-commercial drivers. And this does not simply apply while driving a commercial vehicle. Commercial drivers are held to this standard any time they are behind the wheel. Additionally, anything between a 0.04 and 0.159 is a “high rate” of alcohol, which is a second tier DUI in Pennsylvania. This means enhanced penalties for a first offense – beyond the ramifications upon the CDL itself.

For a commercial driver, a first DUI conviction will result in a one-year loss of their CDL. Penalties only increase from there. The problem for commercial drivers who are convicted of a DUI is that the majority of companies require their commercial drivers to maintain a clean record. So, even a single DUI can result in unpaid mandatory leave, employment being terminated, denial of future employment opportunities.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

It is vital to your future that you protect your career by fighting a DUI. A commercial driver has so much more at stake than an ordinary license holder does. The conversation in this scenario is drastically different than with a typical DUI, as money and license suspension are no longer the primary concerns. With a commercial driver, we must protect your livelihood.

If you are a commercial driver, and have received a DUI, you cannot afford to hesitate: contact a knowledgeable and aggressive DUI Attorney to fight for you.

This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.