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Commercial Driver DUI Penalties

While commercial drivers are subject to the same penalties as other drivers, the driver's license restrictions can be more severe. For instance, commercial drivers cannot obtain a restricted driver's license after a DUI conviction. Standard DUI penalties can allow the motorist to obtain a restricted license to drive to and from work. Commercial drivers are not given this allowance.

Additionally, a commercial driver may be subject to these penalties even when he/she is not operating a commercial vehicle; the driver is held to a stricter legal standard simply by possessing a CDL. You may lose your commercial driver's license for one year if you are convicted of any of the following offenses. If convicted of multiple offenses, you could lose your CDL permanently:

  • Operating any vehicle with a BAC that exceeds .08%
  • Operating a commercial vehicle with a BAC that exceeds .04%
  • Operating a CMV with a BAC that exceeds .04% and injuring another person

Santa Barbara DUI Defense Attorney

For many commercial drivers, a CDL is a means of income and livelihood. Losing your license for a year could cost your job, but losing your license for a lifetime could be devastating. If you are a CDL license holder and were arrested for driving under the influence, contact our Santa Barbara DUI lawyers today. We can help you protect your freedom, reputation, and job in court. Call our office today and ask us about a free case evaluation. The sooner we hear from you, the faster Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP can create an effective strategy to fight for you in court.