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What Happens To My Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) If I Get A DUI?

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When it comes to commercial driver’s licenses and traffic-related offenses, including driving under the influence (DUI), it’s important to understand that there are federal regulations as well as state laws that dictate what happens according to each type of violation. Because commercial drivers are held to a higher standard, in comparison to other licenses, penalties are based on categories. Therefore, what happens to a commercial driver’s license (CDL) when the driver gets a DUI?

Without question, the stakes are high for commercial drivers that receive a DUI, even if it’s a first time offense. In fact, the same penalties apply even if drivers are charged with DUI while they are in their personal (non CDL) vehicle. Thus, to better understand, consider the case of a first-time DUI offense in Georgia. Generally, individuals with a first-time offense can expect up to 1-10 days in jail, 12 months of probation, a fine, community service, suspension of their license, alcohol counseling, and/or DUI school. While drivers of non-commercial licenses are convicted of DUI with a BAC (blood alcohol content) level of 0.08, commercial drivers can be convicted with a BAC level of 0.04. To determine this level, drivers must submit to testing administered by the state. Failure to do so typically results in immediate disqualification of their commercial license.

What is an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Hearing/Letter?

If you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, it’s critical for you to understand your rights to appeal the suspension of your driver’s license and how to do so. Contacting a DUI attorney quickly proves invaluable to your case. From the date of the arrest, 10 days are granted to file an appeal. Otherwise, the CDL license will automatically be suspended for a minimum of 30 days or longer.

We’ll Help You Fight To Retain Your Driving Privilege

While CDL violations result in serious penalties including disqualifications and suspensions, there’s hope when individuals have the right representation. As trusted and experienced CDL lawyers in the Atlanta area, the office of M. Qader A. Baig & Associates, LLC navigates the legal system, working to help drivers retain their driving privileges. To build a strong defense for your personal situation, contact us today.

Posted on behalf of M. Qader A. Baig & Associates, LLC Attorneys and Counselors at Law

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