Commercial Drivers and DWI Arrests

If you have a commercial drivers license and you are arrested for DWI, you know that you are facing a very serious problem.  You face disqualification from a Commercial Drivers License.  You even face the revocation of your ordinary license.  This is a substantial problem for a person with a commercial drivers license, since they most likely drive to make a living.  Unfortunately, license suspension starts upon arrest.  This means that you may need to find some other type of work to do while you are getting your driver’s license issues straightened out.  This is inconvenient, but it is reality.  We can do the best we can to help you get back out on the road as soon as possible.

Conviction for DWI can have a big impact on your ability to drive a commercial vehicle.  If you can avoid conviction, you can avoid further disqualification.  This may help you salvage your driving career.  We will examine the evidence in your case to determine the chances that your case has.  If the case against you is weak, then we may be able to defeat it.  In any event, we will review your case to determine what your best options are.

Commercial drivers face special laws that apply to drivers in commercial vehicles.  Instead of .08, the driver of a commercial vehicle can not exceed .04.  Halving the legal limit makes it very easy to hit or exceed this limit.  Even if you not meet this limit, having any about of alcohol in your system will result in getting an out of service order for 24 hours, which means you will be unable to legally drive for that period of time.  If you do choose to drive when you have an out of service order, then you will be disqualified from holding a CDL for a temporary period.  If you do have an out of service order, it is best to comply with it.  You would rather be out of service for one day, rather than be disqualified for a whole year.

If you drive for a living, you have so much at stake based on the outcome of the case.  More that just your job, your whole career could be on the line.  That is why it is so important to take your case seriously.  We would be glad to discuss your case with you.  Give us a call.  You can reach Mr. Reeves directly at (704) 351-7979.  Or you can reach us at the office at (704) 334-7897.