How a DUI & Traffic Violation Can Affect Your CDL

Impacts of a DUI & Traffic Violation for CDL Drivers

Anyone who operates pickup trucks, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, livestock carriers, and other commercial motor vehicles (CMV) must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Commercial drivers have an important responsibility to comply with CDL rules and regulations or else they may lose far more than their license: They could lose their jobs, meaning no income.

Thus, it’s important to be aware of the damage a traffic ticket can do to a CMV driver, even if it’s seemingly minor. By learning the rules of the road as a CDL driver, you may save yourself from losing your livelihood.

CDL Traffic Violation Penalties

The California DMV’s Commercial Driver Handbook states the penalties for CDL drivers if they commit the following offenses:

Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Commission of a Felony

You could lose your license for at least three years if you commit an offense while driving a HazMat, and permanently lose it for a second offense. Further, you could permanently lose your CDL if you use a CMV to commit a felony involving controlled substances.

For first-time offenses, you will lose your CDL for at least a year if you do the following:

  • Drive a CMV if your BAC is .04 percent or higher
  • Drive a CMV under the influence of alcohol
  • Refuse to undergo blood alcohol testing
  • Drive a CMV while under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Leave the scene of an accident involving a CMV
  • Commit a felony involving the use of a CMV
  • Drive a CMV when the CDL is suspended/revoked
  • Cause a fatality through negligent operation of a CMV

Serious Traffic Violations

You will lose your CDL for at least:

  • 60 days for two serious traffic violations within three years involving a CMV
  • 120 days for 3 or more serious traffic violations within three years involving a CMV

Don’t Let a Traffic Violation Ruin Your Future. Call Today!

Our Fresno defense lawyer has 18 years of experience helping countless commercial drivers reclaim their peace of mind. While a DUI charge and traffic violation can hurt your job stability and income, you have options. First and foremost, you must contact our office at (559) 484-2112 to discuss your situation and learn your options during a free consultation.

Remember, you are not alone. The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch can defend your commercial driving privileges.

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