A driver’s license is an essential item in the lives of most adults. For people who hold a commercial driver’s license, this is even truer. If you’re charged with DWI as a CDL holder, you need to move quickly to ensure that you don’t lose it, else you will face serious consequences.
What Does a DWI Mean for Your CDL?
If you are charged with either a DWI or a DUI, the arresting officer will take your license at the time of your arrest and provide you with a paper license to use in the interim. This paper license can only be used to drive a personal vehicle, not a commercial one, which means that even being charged with a DWI can cause serious issues for your job. Not only that, but when you attend the MVA hearing to discuss the status of your license, you have the option of applying for a restricted license. If you choose this option, you will still not be able to drive commercial vehicles. The same goes for the Ignition Interlock Program. If you opt into it, you will not be able to operate commercial vehicles.
Will You Lose Your Job?
That is probably the most pressing question on your mind. The answer, however, depends entirely on whether or not you are able to keep your CDL. Though there are several ways to continue driving a personal vehicle with pending DWI charges, this is not the case for a CDL. You either have a full-fledged CDL, or you have nothing. There is no in-between. If you are convicted of a DWI, you will lose your CDL, and in turn, your job.
What Is the Legal Limit for Commercial Vehicles?
The standards are much higher for people who have commercial drivers licenses and for good reason. Commercial vehicles are often far more difficult to operate safely and accidents involving them tend to leave those involved in dire straits. Thus, you are not allowed to have any amount of alcohol in your system when operating a commercial vehicle. The official number is a .04 BAC for the chemical test, so if you test above that number, you will be charged. It should be noted, however that you will likely face charges if you were pulled over for suspicious behavior considering that alcohol is not the only way to be charged with a DWI and other substances might not register on the breathalyzer test.
What Should You Do Now?
Contact the Law Office of Ross W. Albers to schedule a free consultation. We can help build your defense so that you have the best chance of keeping your CDL and your job. You’ll be working with some of the top legal counsel in the state on DWI and DUI related matters, so don’t worry, your case is in expert hands.