If you find yourself in the unenviable position of being a CDL holder facing
DUI charge, you need an experienced attorney who is well versed in DUI
law. The consequence of this charge on your CDL is drastic, even if you
received the charge while driving your personal vehicle. Federal law classifies
a driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances as a
“Major Offense,” and mandates a year-long suspension for a
first offense and a lifetime disqualification for a second offense regardless
of the time between the DUIs. The suspension of your CDL will occur if
you are convicted or placed in the ARD program, and the length of suspension
for your personal driver’s license has no relation to the length
of suspension for your CDL. It is possible to receive no suspension of
your personal driver’s license but still have your CDL suspended
for a full year.
The best way to avoid these drastic consequences on both your CDL and livelihood
is to retain an attorney who knows how to challenge your DUI case in court
and who can negotiate with the District Attorneys to avoid suspension.
Please contact one of the experienced attorneys at Curcillo Law so that
we can help explore the options available to you.