DUI and CDL Impact

DUI And CDL Impact

Receiving a DUI can be embarrassing and inconvenient no matter whom you are. However, as a truck driver with a commercial driving license (CDL) and a DUI charge, you face a more difficult process than the average driver. As a truck driver, you face stricter blood alcohol limits than the average person. Also, the consequences of getting a DUI, whether on or off duty, are higher. Fully understanding the consequences of a DUI can help you.

CDL Driver Standards

Drivers with commercial driving licenses get held to higher standards on the road than the average driver. This is because the cargo in trucks can be hazardous. Also, the size of a truck means it can do a lot more damage on the road than a car. Driving while under the influence can therefore be a major public safety concern. Also, it can make you a liability to your employer. For these reasons, receiving a DUI if you have a CDL can have serious consequences.

As a truck driver with a commercial driver’s license, you face Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulations. These regulations relate to drug or alcohol use while driving. These regulations are most restrictive in terms of their blood-alcohol concentration limit. The limit is set at 0.04%. This is a much smaller amount than what a person without a CDL will face. The toleration for having alcohol in your system as a truck driver with a CDL is lower because of the safety risks involved with driving large trucks carrying potentially dangerous cargo. Furthermore, the FMCSA rules state that if you refuse to submit to a blood alcohol test, you will automatically be found guilty of driving under the influence.


The trial process for a DUI if you have a CDL is similar to that of the average person’s. You will undergo the same process as a typical driver. But, you will be subjected to the lower alcohol-blood level content limit. Also, your license could be suspended for a longer period of time than is normal for non-commercial drivers. In addition, the consequences of receiving a DUI as someone who has a CDL can be significant. If your license is suspended, whether you received your DUI on or off duty, it will greatly affect your job. You will not be able to work. Therefore, your livelihood will be affected. Furthermore, you could lose your job, and having a DUI on your record will make it difficult for you to be hired by another company.

The consequences of receiving a DUI as a truck driver with a CDL are severe. You will be subjected to stricter regulations than a non-commercial driver and receiving a DUI will directly affect your ability to work. Refraining from driving under the influence is important if your livelihood depends on driving. If you have further questions, you can contact Ruane Attorneys by clicking here.