Holding a commercial driver’s license is no small feat and many people rely on their CDLs for work. Whether you’re just getting started with your commercial driving career, or you’ve been doing it for a long time, losing the privilege can have devastating effects on your life. If you are charged with CDL DWI in Westminster, MD then you need to work with a lawyer to avoid conviction.
What is the Difference Between a CDL DWI and a Non-Commercial DWI?
For non-commercial drivers, a DWI is still a serious event. The major differences are in the standards and in the penalties. For example, a non-commercial driver may only face serious penalties if they blow more than a .08 during their chemical test. For a commercial driver, the legal limit is .04, though no amount of alcohol is permitted. Not only that, but following arrest, a non-commercial driver can apply to get a restricted license, which can be used to go to and from work. However, there is no such thing for a commercial driver; you either have a CDL or you don’t. Similarly, you cannot join the Ignition Interlock Program and still operate a commercial vehicle. All this to say that getting convicted of a DWI while holding a CDL is simply not an option if you drive commercial vehicles full-time for work. You will suddenly find yourself unemployed.
Will a Probation Before Judgment Help You?
For non-commercial drivers seeking to minimize the implications of a DWI, a probation before judgment can provide an attractive option. Though law enforcement can still access the record of the PBJ, potential employers and potential property managers cannot. It’s a reasonable option for people who do not have a CDL and are unlikely to have the charges dropped. For people who do possess a CDL, a PBJ will still result in the loss of your commercial driving privileges.
So, What Can You Do?
Losing access to your commercial driving privileges is serious and may result in all manner of destructive events unfolding in your life. You cannot leave your future in the hands of anyone less than a seasoned expert with a track record for delivering results. With a good lawyer on your side, you will be able to prepare for your case and defend your future with much better results. When the MVA hearing comes up for your CDL, you will have an advocate on your side that can negotiate the best possible result for your situation.
Attorney Albers Has the Expertise You’re Looking For
When it comes to handling CDL DWI cases in Westminster, Maryland, there is no one more suited to the task than Attorney Ross Albers. His experience lends itself specifically to these sorts of cases and he is determined to use that experience to help you win your case. Contact us today for more information and to set up a free consultation.