In the United States, commercial drivers perform a very important service. Without them, it would be hard for goods to move around the country. In order to have this privilege, drivers have to get a Commercial Drivers License, which is a very valuable privilege. This makes keeping a Commercial Drivers License a top priority for many people. As a CDL holder, you are entrusted with an important privilege, and with it comes heavier responsibilities and greater consequences when you are charged with or convicted of a traffic offense or a DWI.
For instance, for all ordinary traffic offenses, the penalties are doubled for those who have a commercial drivers license or were driving commercial vehicle at the time of offense. There is even a separate chart for drivers license points for offenses committed in a commercial vehicle. Commercial Drivers are especially penalized for impaired driving offenses.
For instance, there is a special charge that only applies to those driving commercial vehicles. If you are charged with an ordinary DWI, then the blood alcohol content limit is .08. However, if you are driving a Commercial Vehicle at the time of the offense, you can be charged with a crime if your blood alcohol content is .04 or more. This is not an ordinary DWI, but is called Impaired Driving in a Commercial Vehicle. Note here that the person driving the vehicle does not have to have a Commercial Drivers License to be charged with this offense; they must simply be driving a commercial vehicle.
There are also laws in place regarding open containers of alcohol in commercial vehicles. A driver, of course, cannot have an open container of alcohol in their vehicle. However, there is an exception in place for a commercial vehicle that carries passengers, such as a limo, such that an open container of alcohol in the passenger area will not result in the driver being charged with a crime.
Another unique aspect for those who have a CDL is the importance of keeping their license. The loss of a license can be terrible for a Commercial Drivers License holder. While it is hard for an ordinary person when they lose their license, a commercial driver can have even more problems. For instance, when an ordinary person loses his or her license, then they lose their ability to get to work. But when a person has a Commercial Drivers License, typically they lose their job. When you lose your CDL, you essentially lose your driving career, at least for the time being.
Thus, the stakes are much higher for commercial drivers. Many commercial driver jobs pay very well, so losing a career can be devastating. Hiring a Charlotte DWI attorney can help you fight your case. You need to protect your license so that you can provide for your family. You should know though, that when you are first charged with DWI, you license will automatically be revoked. We will have to fight to try to overcome these charges before you are able to get your license back.
If you have any questions about any DWI issues with your CDL, please do not hesitate to give our DWI attorney a call at (704)351-7979 contact us here.