People who operate a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle or work depend on their license for their continued employment. A drunk driving charge could endanger that license and their career as a result. What should commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders know about charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI)?
BAC limits are lower for people operating a commercial vehicle.
While Texas generally sets the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit at .08, people operating a commercial vehicle are subject to much stricter guidelines. Texas law forbids driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04 or higher.
This means that drivers face these strict penalties with much less alcohol in their system. A first offense of operating a commercial vehicle while over the legal limit will result in a one-year disqualification of a commercial license for one year. Refusing to submit to alcohol testing will also result in a one-year disqualification.
Will a DWI in your personal vehicle impact your career?
Even if you were not operating a commercial vehicle when the authorities pulled you over, you can still lose your commercial driver’s license for a period of time. People convicted of driving in their personal vehicle with a BAC of .08 or more face disqualification for one year. For subsequent charges, they may lose their CDL for longer or have that license permanently revoked.
DWI defense can protect your career.
When the authorities charge people who operate large commercial vehicles with drunk driving, they risk more than their freedom and their finances. Their career also hangs in the balance. This makes it especially important to have experienced legal guidance to build a strong defense.