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Commercial Drivers License DWI Charges

If you rely on a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for your livelihood, it is important to understand the specific laws and penalties concerning Commercial Drivers License DWI charges. The laws in Texas changed dramatically in June of 2005 with drastic amendments to the penalties that CDL drivers will face for a first or subsequent DWI, even when a non-commercial vehicle was used during the DWI.

Your CDL can be suspended for an entire year if the following applies to you:

  • You are convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • You have a BAC of .04% or more while driving a commercial vehicle.
  • You have a BAC of .08% or more while driving a personal vehicle.

If you were operating a commercial vehicle containing hazardous materials and any of the above factors apply to you, you could lose your license for 3 years with a commercial drivers license DWI. Should you have a second DWI conviction, you will lose your CDL for life. After 10 years, you may apply for reinstatement of your CDL, and a Houston DWI attorney can advise you on the best course of action in defending a DWI charge.

Protecting Commercial Driver’s License Holders in Houston

It is important to keep in mind that your CDL may still be suspended if you refuse to submit to a test from a police officer. Many commercial drivers also do not realize that even though they are driving a personal vehicle, they can have their CDL suspended if they are charged with a commercial drivers license DWI. Other DWI penalties also apply if you have been given a DWI in another state. If you are convicted of a DWI in another state, that state will report the conviction to Texas and you will face a one year license suspension. Due to the fact that having a CDL is so important to your future livelihood, it is of great importance to retain the services of an experienced DWI lawyer to protect you from conviction in your commercial drivers license DWI case.

We, at Chernoff Law, are qualified to defend you against a DWI charge to help protect you and your family’s future. One of our partners is board certified in criminal law and our team’s experience may be able to assist you in preventing your license from being suspended.