Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense if you have a commercial license. Therefore, as a commercial driver, you need to be aware of the severe consequences of a CDL DUI conviction. In a worst-case scenario, you may be disqualified from having a CDL in GA.
A CDL is more than a license to drive a commercial vehicle. It is your license to make a living as a driver and support yourself and your family.
We understand that the prospect of the loss or suspension of your CDL can cause you great anxiety. And we know that your livelihood, and the well-being of your family, will be foremost in your mind.
Understanding a Georgia CDL DUI
If you are stopped for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) while operating a commercial vehicle, the DUI Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit is 0.04%.
With a CDL the difference between failing the State’s test and refusing the State’s test is that after a Refusal you are not eligible to have your GA CDL reinstated for at least a year, and the driving ban includes non-commercial vehicles.
Should you receive a second DUI conviction, or a refuse to be tested a second time, then you risk a lifetime CDL ban. This can be enforced regardless of how long ago the first conviction was, or whether it was incurred in your personal vehicle.
If you are charged with DUI, as a CDL holder your employment and livelihood is in jeopardy. Because of this, I urge you to seek immediate advice from a qualified and experienced DUI Defense Attorney ASAP!
George McCranie is an experienced and knowledgeable DUI Defense attorney, who looks after the interests of commercial drivers. The McCranie Law Firm has offices located in Douglas & Valdosta, GA and provides the highest level of professional legal counsel to clients.