Protecting Your CDL And Your Employment After A DUI
Both the penalties and consequences for a commercial DUI are extremely harsh and life-changing. At Simms & Associates, in Birmingham, our attorneys are well aware of the ramifications of DUI on a commercial driver’s record and will diligently represent you, protect your rights and your ability to earn a living.
Facing The Potential Of Losing Your Driver’s License
Holding a commercial license is a responsibility beyond operating your work vehicle. The standards are much stricter.
In Alabama, you cannot operate a commercial vehicle while having a measurable or detectable amount of alcohol in your system. In fact, you will be arrested if your blood alcohol concentration is .04 percent or above.
If you hold a commercial driver’s license and are charged with DUI in a private vehicle, your CDL will be suspended for one year.
Take action today to stop the suspension. At Simms & Associates, we can help.
A Proactive Approach Following An Arrest
Following your arrest, we will need to take immediate steps to preserve your ability to drive. We recognize that time is of the essence in suspended license issues.
Within 10 days, we must request an administrative hearing with the department of motor vehicles to preserve your driving privileges.
If the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency upholds the suspension of your license after the hearing, we can pursue an administrative appeal in the circuit court and keep you driving while the appeal makes its way through the court system.
Steep Consequences Of A Commercial Vehicle DUI Conviction
If you are convicted of a commercial vehicle DUI, you will:
- Have your license suspended for one year without the option of a hardship license
- Have your license suspended for two years if you refused the breathalyzer test
- Have trouble finding employment if you wish to continue your commercial driving career
- Face the potential for steep fines, jail time and more
- Face the penalties of a felony DUI if the offense is your fourth within five years
Even if you get your commercial license back, most employers will not even consider you for employment with a DUI on your criminal record.
We will review the circumstances surrounding the initial stop, the procedures related to field sobriety and breath tests, and any other related issues.
Get An Experienced Attorney On Your Side
After an arrest, you need an experienced lawyer to take immediate action to fight against potential consequences. Schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our Birmingham office.