If you drive a commercial vehicle, you know that you need to adhere to a higher standard than other drivers on the road. If you don’t, you face the possibility of losing your commercial driver’s license ─ and your job. What you may not know is that, even if you are arrested for DWI, there are steps you can take to protect your CDL.
DWI defense lawyers know how important your CDL is to you. They are prepared to take forceful action to minimize the penalties you face when charged for DWI in Texas.
Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits For CDLs
Limits for blood alcohol concentration are more complex for drivers with commercial driver’s licenses. Depending on whether you are driving a commercial vehicle or the personal one, the BAC limit differs. The BAC limits for commercial drivers are:
- .04 while you are driving a commercial vehicle
- .08 or higher while driving a personal vehicle
If you fail a breath or blood test, your CDL will be disqualified for up to one year. Refusing to take the test will also lead to one year’s disqualification of your CDL. The penalty rises to a three-year disqualification if your commercial vehicle has a hazardous materials placard.
For a second DWI offense, your CDL will be suspended for life. It is also important to note that your CDL can be revoked if you have committed another offense, such as leaving the scene of an accident, and then refusing a chemical test in a separate incident.
You may be able to get your CDL reinstated after 10 years if you complete a rehabilitation program.
Protect Your CDL ─ And Your Livelihood
Your CDL is too important to leave up to chance. A DWI defense lawyer can provide you with the necessary information and guidance to protect your CDL after you have been arrested for DWI. By representing you at administrative hearings and negotiating with prosecutors, your lawyer will work tirelessly to ensure that you can keep your CDL and your career.
Because losing your CDL will have such a significant impact on your life, it is important to act quickly. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest. The sooner your lawyer can get to work on your case, the stronger your case will be. Through a thorough investigation of your arrest, your attorney will look for evidence to determine:
- Whether police followed proper protocol
- Whether your constitutional rights were violated
- Whether the results of blood, breath or field sobriety tests are accurate
If we uncover issues like these, he or she will have grounds to challenge your DWI stop, and possibly get the charges reduced or dismissed.