Did you know that you could permanently lose your commercial driver’s license (CDL) if you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI)? If you are a truck or bus driver or an individual depending on your CDL for income, then your livelihood may also be at risk. But before getting stressed, thinking that you lost everything, find out what a Miami DUI lawyer can do for you.
Penalties for CDL DUI in Florida
In Florida, some driving laws are more strict for CDL than the regular driver’s license. While other motorists can be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, commercial drivers can be legally arrested if their BAC is 0.04% or higher.
Unfortunately, penalties are also more severe for CDL if convicted of drunk driving than other driver’s licenses. They could pay higher fines and face jail time, community service, mandatory alcohol treatment or DUI school, and probation for a more extended time. In addition, commercial drivers cannot operate a commercial vehicle for a year. Plus, they are unable to obtain a hardship license. Meaning they cannot drive going to school or work, or any essential errands for one year. In a nutshell, a DUI conviction could mean the suspension of all your driving privileges for at least a year.
In case of numerous commercial DUI arrests, they may be disqualified from operating commercial vehicles permanently.
Protect your CDL with a Miami CDL DUI Lawyer
According to federal law, you can reinstate your CDL after a minimum of ten years. But Florida does not allow more than one conviction of DUI for someone to hold a CDL. If this is the situation you’re in, chances are you need to find another job in a different industry. For a few, this could open doors for new opportunities. But for many, it could mean spending too much time to learn another skill or getting a new job with lower pay because they don’t have experience in that specific area.
If the police pulled you over for DUI, contact a Miami CDL DUI attorney now for help! But make no mistake, because you need experienced lawyers like us who can protect your CDL from suspension. We understand how detrimental this is for you, especially if you rely on this job to put food on the table for your family and pay your bills. We will do everything we can to prevent your CDL suspension or minimize your penalties with our effective legal strategies. We have been handling cases in all areas of the law, specializing in DUI charges, in the Miami area for many years now.
Sometimes field sobriety tests are misconducted by the police during a DUI arrest. Breathalyzer machines can also be faulty or improperly calibrated, and blood tests can be contaminated in the lab, leading to inaccurate results. Speak with us now to know what kind of defense you have. With our commitment to our profession, we vow to protect your reputation, commercial driver’s license, and your job!
Miami DUI Lawyer Group
1767 Northwest 79th Avenue
Miami, FL 33126