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    DUI Defense Strategies for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Holders

    Posted on: April 9th, 2024 by Dod Law

    DUI Defense Strategies

    DUI Defense Strategies

    If you hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in California, you understand the importance of upholding the highest standards of safety and responsibility on the road. However, even the most diligent drivers can find themselves facing a DUI charge. In these difficult situations, it is crucial to have a strong defense strategy in place to protect your livelihood and reputation.  Learn more about DUI Defense Strategies for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Holders.

    At Dod Law, we understand the unique challenges that CDL holders face when it comes to DUI charges. The consequences of a DUI conviction can be particularly severe for commercial drivers, potentially resulting in the loss of your CDL and your ability to earn a living. That’s why it is essential to work with experienced attorneys who specialize in defending CDL holders against DUI charges.

    What You Need to Know About Blood Alcohol Limits

    In California, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% for non-commercial drivers and 0.04% for CDL holders. If you are pulled over and your BAC is at or above the legal limit, you could face serious penalties, including license suspension, fines, and even jail time. 

    If you cause injury or death while driving under the influence, you may face even harsher consequences, such as felony charges and lengthy prison sentences. 

    Impact on CDL Holders

    A CDL DUI conviction can have long-term effects on your career prospects as a commercial driver. Here are some potential long-term implications of a CDL DUI conviction:

    • Loss of job opportunities: Many employers require commercial drivers to have a clean driving record. A CDL DUI conviction can make it difficult to find employment as a commercial driver.
    • Suspension or revocation of CDL: A CDL DUI conviction can lead to the suspension or revocation of your commercial driver’s license, which can prevent you from working as a commercial driver for a certain period of time or indefinitely.
    • Increased insurance premiums: A CDL DUI conviction can lead to a significant increase in your insurance premiums, making it more expensive to operate as a commercial driver.
    • Difficulty obtaining endorsements or certifications: Some endorsements, such as hazmat or passenger endorsements, may be more difficult to obtain with a CDL DUI conviction on your record.

    It is important to take steps to address the conviction and work towards rebuilding your reputation and record as a responsible driver. 

    DUI Defense Strategies for Commercial Driver’s License Holders

    Various defense strategies can be used to challenge the evidence against you and potentially reduce or dismiss your charges, such as:  

    Validity of Test Results

    One common defense strategy is to question the validity of the breathalyzer or blood test results. These tests are not infallible and can be affected by a number of factors, including improper administration or calibration.

    Probable Cause

    Your DUI lawyer can challenge the officer’s probable cause for pulling you over in the first place. If law enforcement did not have a valid reason to stop your vehicle, any evidence gathered during the stop may be inadmissible in court.

    Plea Bargains

    Another important defense strategy for CDL holders is to seek a plea bargain or negotiate for a reduced charge. In some cases, it may be possible to have the DUI charge reduced to a lesser offense, such as reckless driving. This can help mitigate the impact on your CDL and potentially minimize the long-term consequences of a DUI conviction.

    Schedule a Consultation with a DUI Lawyer Today – DUI Defense Strategies for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Holders

    It is important to work closely with an experienced DUI defense attorney to determine the best approach for your specific case. By thoroughly examining the circumstances of your arrest and building a strong defense strategy, you may be able to mitigate the potential consequences of a DUI charge on your CDL and career.

    Whether you are facing your first DUI charge or have prior convictions on your record, we have the experience and expertise to build a strong defense on your behalf. Our team of skilled attorneys will work tirelessly to explore all possible strategies to protect your CDL and minimize the impact of a DUI charge on your future. Contact us at our San Diego office (619) 814-5110 | Orange County office 949-681-7020  | Vista office 760-814-6025 | or schedule an appointment by filling out our online contact form.

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