Because every state’s laws vary regarding DUI offenses, there are no one-size-fits-all procedures for a truck driver facing a charge. Your past driving record and prior convictions (if any) will also be factors in the outcome of your case, so it’s advisable to have legal representation to help you determine how to proceed and what to expect in your unique situation.
In general, though, you can expect some factors to apply to every commercial driver regarding serious violations:
- You will be held to stricter guidelines than those enforced on drivers of personal vehicles
- Your driving behavior in your personal vehicle will affect your commercial driving record
- You will likely receive harsher penalties and higher fees than drivers of personal vehicles
- Even a first-time offense could result in a suspension of your license
- The detectable blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 for commercial drivers is about half that allowed for drivers in personal vehicles
- A refusal by a commercial driver to take a blood alcohol test is considered an admission of guilt by the FMCSA
Any serious offenses such as DUI could have a negative impact on your employment opportunities, and in some cases make you unemployable by certain companies
Make sure you give yourself every advantage possible by having knowledgeable and experienced lawyers on your side. We work only with truckers and are educated on the law in every state. Let us guide you through the process without the fear of being intimidated or treated unjustly. You owe it to yourself and your future as a truck driver to ensure you get the best possible outcome. We can help!