There is perhaps no greater traffic offense than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A person facing DUI charges can stand to lose his driver’s license and incur criminal penalties such as jail time and/or other punishments. If you depend upon your driver’s license to make a living you can face significantly worse consequences over what may be your first run-in with law enforcement. A CDL driver with a DUI charge against him can lose his job.
If you are a commercial driver in Maryland with a DUI charge, the stakes are too high to fight it alone or with a public defender. Without proper representation, you may lose your CDL whether you are ultimately found guilty of DUI in court. Fighting a DUI in Baltimore can be time-consuming and complicated, which is why you can benefit from working with a distinguished DUI attorney who will dedicate the time and attention your case deserves.
Commercial vehicle drivers throughout the country must abide by strict regulations to ensure their safety and that of drivers around them. In the U.S., the legal BAC limit for non-commercial drivers is 0.08; however, that number drops to just 0.04 for a CDL driver. Frequently, the administrative penalties for DUI outweigh the criminal costs because, even if you are never convicted of a DUI, you can still lose your CDL which will prevent you from working.
It’s important to understand that when an officer cites you for DUI, you become entangled in two different processes: the administrative license suspension and the criminal case. Before even seeing a judge, you may lose your CDL for a mandatory period.
CDL driver’s license suspensions do not provide for work permits. If you blow under a 0.15 and above a 0.04, you will face a 45-day license suspension. Blowing 0.15 or higher leads to a mandatory suspension of 90 days. A commercial driver who refuses to submit to a breath test will lose his CDL for one year and his non-commercial driver’s license for 120 days.
A knowledgeable DUI lawyer in Baltimore who has extensive experience resolving CDL violations is a critical asset in your case. Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Motor Vehicle Administration and has spent the last 20 years helping Baltimore residents obtain favorable results for a variety of traffic violations including DUI with a CDL. Allow him to help you fight for your license. Call 410-580-1100 for a free consultation.