How Long After a DUI Conviction Can You Get a CDL License?

In Maryland, commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who are convicted of a DUI offense are subject to severe penalties which can significantly affect their ability to earn a living. The repercussions of a DUI conviction for commercial drivers are far more stringent than those for holders of regular driver’s licenses. The consequences go beyond just the impact on the driver’s license itself. Commercial drivers may also face the risk of job loss if convicted of DUI, as it may render them unable to drive professionally.

Upon DUI conviction, CDL drivers may lose their license for up to a year. For second or subsequent convictions, drivers may have their license revoked for life. To protect your driving privileges and livelihood, speak with attorney Hillel Traub at The Law Office of Hillel Traub today.

CDL License Suspension After a DUI Conviction in Maryland

In Maryland, individuals holding commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and convicted of impaired driving for the first time face a one-year CDL suspension. During this period, the individual is prohibited from operating any commercial vehicles. The severity of the penalties increases if the CDL driver hauled hazardous materials at the time of the offense, extending the disqualification period to three years.

While first offenses lead to considerable penalties, a second offense for impaired driving results in a lifetime revocation of commercial driving privileges. This can be particularly impactful for those who rely on commercial driving as their main source of income.

It is important to note that in Maryland, any holder of a commercial driver’s license convicted of DUI faces a one-year suspension of their CDL, regardless of whether the offense occurred in a commercial or personal vehicle. This means that a DUI conviction incurred while driving a personal vehicle can still result in the loss of a commercial driver’s license. Therefore, it is crucial for commercial drivers to exercise caution while driving in any context, not just professionally. A DUI conviction on a commercial driver’s record can severely hinder their ability to secure other driving-related jobs and may also restrict opportunities in different industries.

DUI Offenses Involving CDL Licenses

DUI offenses for commercial driver’s license holders are severe violations that can significantly impede one’s ability to earn a living. If you are convicted of any of the following, you risk losing your commercial license for at least a year:

  • Operating a vehicle with a .04 BAC or higher
  • Refusing to undergo a blood alcohol test
  • Driving under the influence of controlled substances

If you are facing such CDL-related DUI charges, it is vital to promptly seek the assistance of a skilled CDL violations lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub. Working with a CDL lawyer experienced in resolving DUI cases as soon as possible can increase your chances of protecting your CDL and professional reputation.

Speak With a DUI CDL Lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub

If you are a commercial driver facing charges for a drunk driving-related offense, regardless of whether it is your first or repeat offense, the potential personal and professional consequences of a conviction are extensive and severe. Working with an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub can aid in mitigating these negative impacts and provide you with the strongest opportunity to fight the charges against you.

Attorney Hillel Traub has over 30 years of experience and is a former Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. He has specialized knowledge of MVA practices that may strengthen your case, whether you face a minor traffic citation or a DUI charge with a CDL. For a complimentary consultation, call (410) 580-1100 or fill out a contact form.