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Can You Get a CDL with a DUI in Michigan?


Can you get a CDL with a DUI? If you’re facing charges or are trying to get a CDL, immediately speak with a CDL DUI lawyer.

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required if you’ll be operating any type of vehicle over a certain gross weight.

These types of vehicles typically include tow trucks, tractor trailers, and buses.

The primary reason a person obtains a CDL is for employment purposes.

Since operating a tow truck, bus, or other heavy vehicle is a career, losing the license means losing your ability to adequately support yourself and your family, which is devastating.

Facing a DUI and trying to protect your CDL? Unhappy with your current CDL DUI lawyer? Request a free consultation now.

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In 2005, the law covering suspension of a commercial driver’s license increased its penalties to include CDL suspension with DUI charges, even if your conviction involved only your personal vehicle.

This is a really stiff penalty considering that your CDL will be automatically suspended if you’re convicted of any drinking and driving offense, which includes operating while impaired (OWI) or refusing a breath test.

If this is your first offense, your CDL will be suspended for one year.

However, if this is your second or third DUI offense your license will be revoked for a minimum of ten (10) years.

Facing a DUI and trying to protect your CDL? Unhappy with your current CDL DUI lawyer? Request a free consultation now.

The Difference Between a Suspension and Revocation

The difference between a suspension and revocation is huge and worth mentioning.

A suspension means that after the year suspension is over, your commercial vehicle license will be automatically returned to you.

A revocation means that your CDL is taken away completely, and the only way to get it back is to reapply and go through the entire application process like you did the first time.

Remember, these penalties apply whether the offense is committed while driving your commercial vehicle or your personal vehicle.

This really raises a CDL holder’s responsibility when it comes to driving.

The license suspension is mandatory and you’ll want an experienced and aggressive attorney advocating on your behalf immediately to get the charge dismissed or reduced.

Getting the Offense Reduced

Dealing with a drinking and driving offense is stressful enough, adding the loss of your CDL to the picture can be overwhelming.

Getting that drunk driving offense reduced to a non-drinking offense is crucial if you want to keep your commercial driver’s license and your livelihood.

Negotiating a plea to reckless or careless driving could mean the difference between maintaining your career and having to start all over.

Although receiving a reckless driving offense while using your commercial vehicle will still result in a one-year suspension of your CDL, if you were using your personal vehicle when the offense was committed, your CDL will only be suspended for 90 days.

This is something you will really want to fight for, especially if you rely on your CDL to make your living.

Your Charge May Be Dismissed

In addition to negotiating a plea deal, it may be possible to get your charge dismissed.

Our CDL DUI team is highly trained in challenging the reliability of the breath or blood evidence.

In fact, attorney Barton Morris is Michigan’s only forensic lawyer-scientist, and one of only a few dozen in the country.

This gives him, and you, the edge above everyone else when it comes to analyzing evidence in a drinking and driving case.

And Barton not only trains every member of his team and makes sure they received the same training that he receivd, Barton consults on every case.

Because an alcohol related conviction has such a large impact on a CDL holder’s ability to maintain a career, it’s absolutely necessary that you hire a CDL DUI lawyer who will thoroughly investigate every possible defense to your charge.

The penalties given to CDL drivers for alcohol related offenses are severe, and navigating the legal process on your own could cause irreparable harm.

So can can you get a CDL with a DUI?

No. But if you’ve just been charged, or are working to get your license back, we can help you, especially as those with only one DUI can apply to have it expunged from their records.

Facing a DUI and trying to protect your CDL? Unhappy with your current CDL DUI lawyer? Request a free consultation now.

Barton Morris
Barton Morris has been providing high-quality legal representation in the area of state and federal criminal defense for more than 20 years.
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