A conviction for drunk driving is serious anyway you look at it. Unfortunately for individuals with a commercial driver's license (CDL), a DUI conviction can be infinitely more devastating. Hundreds of individuals are arrested for drunk driving in Florida each year and penalties are severe to deter offenders from committing the same crime twice.
It is helpful to understand the difference between a regular DUI and a commercial driver's license DUI. Although similar, the penalties can have different effects depending on the individual who is convicted.
What penalties could I face for a regular DUI?
Drivers with a regular license can be arrested for drunk driving if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above 0.08 percent. Police officers can test BAC by administering a breath, blood, or urine test. Every person is different, so it is difficult to say how many drinks will put you over the legal limit.
If convicted of a first-offense DUI, you could face the following penalties:
- Up to nine months in jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- License suspension for up to one year
- Mandatory interlock ignition device
- And, more
Refusing to take a chemical test can result in additional penalties. Drivers may lose their license automatically for one year for a first-offense and up to 18 months for a second or third.
What penalties could I face for a CDL-DUI?
Individuals with a commercial driver's license and operating a commercial motor vehicle can be charged with DUI if they have a BAC of 0.04 percent or higher..
Convicted offenders will have their CDL suspended and be banned from operating a commercial vehicle for at least one year, in addition to regular DUI penalties. They are also unable to apply for a hardship CDL license. When the driver becomes eligible again, they are required to pay a reinstatement fee before gaining the ability to drive.
DUI penalties for both regular drivers and commercial drivers cannot be ignored. If you possess a CDL and are facing a DUI conviction, don't take any chances! Contact my firm to speak with a Miami DUI lawyer for CDL with over 30 years of experience!