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DUI Penalties are Tougher for Commercial Drivers

If you are a commercial driver, and you have been arrested for DUI, it is IMPERATIVE that you speak with an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry right away.   The stakes are much higher for commercial drivers, and a DUI conviction can result in the permanent revocation of your driver's license.

California Vehicle Code 23152d prohibits a commercial driver from driving with a BAC level of .04% or greater.  This is much stricter than the .08% BAC limit for non-commercial drivers.   An unlike non-commercial drivers, drivers of commercial vehicles cannot refuse a breath or blood test.

Upon conviction or a guilty plea, commercial drivers are sentenced to the same penalties as non-commercial drivers, however they are much stricter.  For example, a first-time DUI for a commercial driver will result in a one-year license suspension.  For non-commercial drivers, a first-time DUI generally results in a license suspension of 3 to 6 months. Furthermore, if a commercial driver receives a second DUI, his or her license will be permanently revoked.  A second offense for a non-commercial driver typically results in a one-year suspension.

When a non-commercial driver's driver's license is suspended, they can sometimes apply for a hardship license, which permits them to drive to work, school, and DUI classes.  This type of license is not available to commercial drivers.

Get Help From an Experienced Orange County DUI Lawyer

It is very important for any commercial driver charged with DUI to obtain experienced and dedicated DUI defense representation.  Not only do you stand to lose your driver's license, but you will also lose your job and the chance of getting another driving job in the future.  To ensure you have the aggressive defense you need, contact an Orange County DUI attorney at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry today or click here to fill out a free case evaluation!