Commercial Drivers & DUI
In Pennsylvania, the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) threshold is significantly LOWER for those with a commercial driver's license (CDL). Every CDL operator should be aware that they are permitted a lower blood alcohol level while driving and that the penalties for getting a DUI are more significant for them.
A commercial driver needs to take DUI arrests seriously as they can adversely affect employment, both current and future. It is essential that a commercial driver retain skilled legal assistance, like that offered at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to fight for their rights - and their jobs.
Commercial Drivers Need to Be Very Careful
The legal blood alcohol rate (BAC) for drivers with a CDL is under 0.04. That is only HALF the legal rate for non-commercial drivers. And this does not simply cover while driving a commercial vehicle. Commercial drivers are held to this standard ANY TIME they are behind the wheel. Additionally, anything between a 0.04 and 0.159 is a "high rate" of alcohol which is a second tier DUI in Pennsylvania. This means enhanced penalties for a first offense - beyond the ramifications upon the CDL itself.
For a commercial driver, a first DUI conviction results in a ONE YEAR loss of their CDL. Penalties only increase from there. The problem for commercial drivers who are convicted of a DUI is that most companies require their commercial drivers to maintain a clean record. So even a single DUI can result in unpaid mandatory leave, employment being terminated, or being denied future employment opportunities.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
It is vital to your future that you protect your career by fighting a DUI. A Commercial Driver has so much more at stake than an ordinary license holder. The conversation in this scenario is drastically different than with a typical DUI, as money and license suspension are no longer the primary concerns: with a commercial driver we must protect your livelihood.
If you are a commercial driver and have received a DUI, you cannot afford to hesitate to contact a knowledgeable and aggressive DUI attorney to fight for you.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.