Commercial drivers spend more time on the roads and operate larger vehicles ¾ including 18-wheelers ¾ than most other drivers. Imposing stricter penalties on commercial drivers for driving under the influence (DUI) makes sense, since these larger vehicles can do great harm in a traffic accident. The DUI penalties for Florida drivers with a commercial driving license (CDL) are particularly severe. While the blood alcohol limit for drivers is 0.08 percent, commercial drivers can be charged if their blood alcohol content is just 0.04 percent.
In sentencing a commercial driver charged with a DUI in Sarasota County, the court may:
- Suspend your CDL for one year
- Suspend your CDL for three years if you were transporting hazardous materials
- Require you to pay a disqualification reinstatement fee
- Permanently revoke your CDL if you are a repeat offender
Most commercial drivers cannot afford to lose their means of employment for a year. If you are facing a DUI charge on your CDL, it is in your best interest to contact a qualified DUI attorney as soon as possible.
Our experienced criminal law attorneys have handled many commercial DUI cases, honing their defense strategies so you get a fair hearing. They thoroughly investigate the facts in your case, including the procedures used by the arresting officers and the reliability of the evidence presented. Your livelihood may be on the line in a CDL DUI case, so you need attorneys who do everything possible to make sure every legal option is available to you. Contact us today.