If you face CDL DUI charges, please read on, then contact an experienced Pensacola DUI defense lawyer to learn what you should know about a commercial driver’s license DUI in Alabama.
What constitutes a commercial driver’s license DUI in Alabama?
The state of Alabama does not tolerate those driving under the influence, especially those who drive for a living. If you hold a commercial driver’s license in the state of Alabama, the legal Blood Alcohol Content limit is 0.04%, not 0.08%. The law expects higher standards from commercial drivers and so the penalties are that much harsher.
What penalties do you face for a commercial driver’s license DUI in Alabama?
The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol will depend on the number of times, if any, you have previously sustained convictions for this offense and whether or not you refused to submit to testing. If a driver sustains a conviction for having at least a 0.15% Blood Alcohol Content or refuses a breath test, he or she will face at least double the minimum punishment for the same offense. The penalties are as follows:
1st offense commercial driver’s license DUI:
- Minimum 1-year revocation of your commercial driver’s license, 3 years if you were transporting hazardous materials
- Up to 1 year in county jail
- $600 to $2,100 in fines
2nd offense commercial driver’s license DUI:
- Lifetime revocation of your commercial driver’s license
- 5 days to 1 year in county or municipal jail
- $1,100 to $5,100 in fines
- Mandatory minimum of 30 days of community service
As you can no doubt see, the penalties for driving while intoxicated with a commercial driver’s license are quite steep. As such, you should reach out to a skilled Escambia County criminal defense lawyer to discuss your next steps.
What can an Escambia County DUI lawyer do for you?
As we have outlined above, any conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol with a commercial driver’s license can cost you dearly. The state of Alabama is unforgiving and prosecutors will do everything in their power to punish you. But you may have cause for hope. A qualified legal professional will know if authorities have violated your rights and respond accordingly. If nothing else, our firm will inform you of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.
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