Bakersfield Commercial Driver DUI Attorney
Strong & Skilled Representation to Protect Your Livelihood
Commercial drivers have strict impaired-driving restrictions and penalties, especially when it comes to a DUI charge. The laws are different from regular drivers, and the consequences can be life-changing. Brehmer Law Corporation is highly experienced and familiar with a wide variety of DUI cases, including those involving commercial drivers. It is crucial that you contact our Kern County DUI lawyer as soon as possible following the incident. We can help by filing challenges to protect you from license suspension, loss of employment, fines, and other penalties.
Contact Brehmer Law Corporation at (661) 430-0868 and put experience and knowledge on your side.
Commercial Driver DUI Charge Requirements
In order to be charged with a DUI, commercial drivers must be found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance. It is worth noting that the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is much lower for commercial drivers: 0.04%, versus 0.08% for non-commercial drivers.
Other substances may include:
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
Typically, DUI charges are determined by failed blood and breath tests, random employer-administered drug tests, or inspection from a drug expert. Refusal to submit to one of these tests gives reason to charge a commercial driver with a DUI, due to implied consent and FMCSA policies. Bakersfield DUI lawyer, attorney Jeremy Brehmer has a highly knowledgeable scientific background, giving him unique insight into test procedures and potential inaccuracies that can aid in your defense.
Commercial Driver DUI Penalties
Did you know a DUI conviction can affect your employment as a commercial driver for five years? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is a database specifically designed to hold information regarding drivers’ drug and alcohol violations. Each year, employers are required to query the Clearinghouse for each driver they employ. Commercial drivers’ DUI convictions will be recorded in the database for five years or more.
Upon the first DUI offense, the driver’s commercial driver’s license will be suspended for a year, making employment as a commercial driver impossible during that time. The second offense within ten years will result in permanent CDL disqualification by the FMCSA. In addition to the loss of employment and CDL suspension or cancellation, DUI convictions can result in fines, treatment programs, and even jail time.
To find out more about the specifics of your charges and how our Bakersfield commercial driver DUI attorney can help you protect your future, call (661) 430-0868 today.