I do a lot of DUI cases where truck drivers are involved. Obviously, when you drive for a living it’s crucial that your driver’s license not be taken away or affected in any way as it relates to a DUI. However, long story short – if you’re convicted of a DUI you will lose your commercial driver’s license for one year. Obviously, this is a very serious ramification that could affect your livelihood for a long time to come.
Therefore, if you have a commercial driver’s license and you got a DUI, it’s obviously a good idea to get in front of an attorney that’s handled these types of cases before and can try to come up with some strategies that could be utilized with the DMV and in the criminal court. Depending on what your blood alcohol level was, whether the stop by the police was lawful and a host of other different factors, a criminal defense attorney can really give you a good assessment as to whether you could actually beat your DUI or if you’re better served in just trying to negotiate the best resolution possible with the prosecutors.
Another thing that needs to be assessed when it comes to DUI’s and your commercial driver’s license is, what can be done with the DMV? In other words, are there strategies that can be employed by your DUI defense attorney that can attempt to mitigate, minimize or even stop all together a year-long suspension of your commercial driver’s license. Obviously, the legislature is very serious when it comes to commercial driver’s licenses because people who drive commercially for a living are out on the road and can cause serious accidents. Some people are carrying significant products that can cause other damage to individuals, and therefore, it’s crucial the public is protected.
So, when it comes to these DUI’s, commercial drivers losing their license for a year and the other potential ramifications that can come along – what it’s really going to hinge on is whether or not the prosecutors can prove that you were actually a DUI – whether you were treated the right way and whether any of your rights were violated. And the only way you’re really going to assess this is by way of a criminal defense attorney who has done DUI’s and can figure out what all the angles are in order to best represent you and present your defense and your rights.
So, you should get your list of questions together, find a DUI defense attorney that’s been down this road before and can properly advise you as it relates to DUI’s and commercial driver’s licenses, that way you’ll be in the best possible position and get the best possible result.