For professional tractor-trailer truck drivers, a commercial driver's license (CDL) is a vital means to earning an income and providing financial stability for themselves and their families. Unlike other drivers on the road, not only do you have more at stake if facing criminal penalties, but Connecticut law is even stricter when it comes to DUI and other offenses that can put your CDL in jeopardy. For instance, a driver who holds a CDL can be charged with DUI for a blood alcohol level of only .04, even if he or she is driving a personal vehicle at the time of arrest.
If you have been charged with a DUI and you hold a CDL, obtain the representation of an experienced DUI attorney at Mark M. Kratter, LLC. Our firm's Connecticut criminal defense attorney, has almost 20 years of helping commercial drivers facing charges related to DUI, reckless driving, driving an overweight truck and other offenses that can affect their ability to maintain their CDL license. To learn more about your options and our experience, contact us today for a free initial consultation by calling 866-LAWS4CT (529-7428) or 203-286-4623.
Not only can the Connecticut DMV can disqualify your commercial driver's license for life, even on a first offense, but the disqualification periods apply to convictions in another state if the commissioner believes the offenses in those states are similar to those in Connecticut or the driver poses a great hazard to others on the road. A disqualification can occur:
- For any BAC test refusal
- For conviction of operating any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- If the driver registers a BAC result of .04 percent or more while driving a commercial motor vehicle, or .08 percent or more while driving any other motor vehicle
- When an offense involves driving a vehicle transporting hazardous materials requiring placards under federal law
Do not assume that you cannot fight a DUI or other type of charge that can adversely affect your commercial driver's license because of these strict penalties and supposed zero tolerance policy. There are almost always defenses that are available that apply to your case. Our detailed analysis can help understand what they are and how to assert them successfully.
Our Norwalk CDL suspension defense lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the law, and we know what it takes to help you get the results you need. When you hire our law firm, we will take the time to learn everything we can about your case, your concerns and your goals. You will work closely with an attorney, not an associate, who will explain your legal options, while making sure you have all the information you need to make a sound decision about how to proceed.
Call for a Free Initial Consultation
Contact our office today to discuss your criminal case and how it may affect your CDL privileges with an experienced Connecticut commercial driver's license defense attorney. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment in the evenings. You can reach us by phone at 866-LAWS4CT (529-7428) or via e-mail.
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