Can a PBJ Affect Your CDL License?

In Maryland, the consequences of a DUI can significantly impact the ability of an individual to retain their commercial driver’s license (CDL). Even if a driver receives probation before judgment (PBJ) for their first DUI offense or other charge, it does not conceal the conviction in the context of a CDL. Although this probation might not be recorded as a conviction by the Motor Vehicle Association, it still leads to a one-year suspension of the CDL.

CDL holders in Maryland should consult a skilled CDL attorney at The Law Office of Hillel Traub. Attorney Hillel Traub has knowledge and experience handling these types of complex cases. The stakes are particularly high for commercial drivers facing a DUI charge, and due to federal motor carrier regulations, states are obligated to disclose DUI convictions without the possibility of concealment. Therefore, CDL holders need to seek legal guidance from a Maryland attorney who is well-versed in the specific implications of DUIs on a CDL.

How a DUI Probation Before Judgment Can Affect a CDL

A DUI arrest comes with significant repercussions, such as the possible suspension of your driver’s license, monetary fines, potential jail time, and completion of an alcohol or drug treatment program.

Individuals facing their first DUI offense may be eligible for a Probation Before Judgment (PBJ), which can be helpful. This can also apply to first-time CDL holders; however, it’s important to note that a CDL holder will still face a one-year suspension. The license suspension extends to three years if a DUI conviction occurs while transporting hazardous materials.

A key difference for CDL holders is that their licenses cannot be modified. The duration of the CDL suspension is determined by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), with no options for modifications like the Ignition Interlock Program or restricted licenses, which might be available for regular licenses. Also, being convicted of a DUI for the second time results in a lifetime disqualification of the CDL, which can have a profound impact on an individual’s earning capacity.

How The Law Office of Hillel Traub Can Help You

Do not risk your livelihood by handling your case on your own.  Whether you were charged with driving while impaired or a DUI, Attorney Hillel Traub is prepared to help you protect your legal rights and driving privileges.

We may employ the following strategies to obtain a favorable outcome on your behalf:

  • Contesting the accuracy of breath or blood tests
  • Challenging the legality of the traffic stop
  • Disputing the officer’s observations and the basis for probable cause
  • Challenging the procedures used in field sobriety tests
  • Offering alternative explanations for signs of impairment

When necessary, we are also prepared to negotiate with the prosecutor for the best possible outcome. This could lead to a reduced charge and lighter penalties that are less detrimental to your life, depending on the specifics of your case.

Contact a CDL Lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub Today

If you were arrested and convicted of a DUI, this could result in 12 points being added to your driving record, along with CDL suspension for a year. Under federal motor carrier regulations, DUI convictions cannot be concealed. This is why it’s important to speak with our experienced attorney at The Law Office of Hillel Traub for an assessment of your case.

As a former lawyer for the MVA with over 30 years of experience, Attorney Hillel Traub understands how to fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation by calling (410) 580-1100 or filling out our contact form today.