A DUI Affects Your Commercial Driver’s License, Even If You’re Driving Your Personal Vehicle
Commercial drivers are the lifeblood of Nevada. They are truckers and bus drivers that support almost every aspect of daily life. As a commercial driver, you know how important your work is, and that you are also held to a higher standard than non-commercial drivers. You probably already know that you will be charged with a DUI if you are caught behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 or greater.
You may not know that if you are charged with a DUI in your personal vehicle, and your BAC is .08 or greater, your personal license and your commercial license will both be suspended. In the state of Nevada, a DUI conviction carries a suspension of a minimum of 90 days for your personal and one year for your CDL. These same rules apply if you are caught driving under the influence of drugs or marijuana.
How to Keep Your Commercial Driver’s License after a Personal DUI
There are several defenses that can be used to beat a DUI:
- You were not intoxicated but rather exhausted from driving.
- You were experiencing a medical episode that resembled being drunk.
- You recently had dental work, such as a bridge, that may have caused mouth alcohol to pool, causing an inaccurately high breath test result.
- You suffer from acid reflux, auto-brewery syndrome, or another medical condition that caused your breath sample to register high blood alcohol concentration levels.
- You were unlawfully pulled over to begin with.
These defenses with the help of an experienced DUI lawyer might get you out of criminal charges.
However, to get your commercial driver’s license returned, you must also win your administrative DMV hearing. The DMV hearing is like a mini-trial where you, or your lawyer, fight the license suspension. This hearing is different from a Court trial because there is no prosecutor trying to prove your guilt. It is held before a hearing official who can revoke your license based on very little evidence. You must win the Court case and the DMV hearing to retain your commercial driver’s license. Winning one, but not the other will still result in a suspension or revocation.
Jesse Kalter is a Knowledgeable DUI Lawyer
Being convicted of a DUI affects your job, your income, and your relationships with those around you. Even after the fines are paid or the time is served, a DUI has far-reaching career consequences. Obtaining another commercial driver’s license may not even be a possibility for at least one year. To avoid trouble now and in the future, you need the assistance of an experienced DUI attorney. Jesse Kalter has the expertise to fight for the best possible outcome in this kind of situation. His tenacious pursuit of justice has earned countless “not-guilty” verdicts and has had other cases completely dismissed. He is available to serve the people of Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern NV rural counties.
A DUI Affects Your Commercial Driver’s License for Years.
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