The BAC (blood alcohol content) legal limit for commercial vehicles in Florida is different than that of non-commercial vehicles. If you are found to have a BAC of only .04% when operating a commercial vehicle, you could be charged with DUI and face stiff penalties if convicted. Further, it is illegal to refuse to submit to a chemical test for BAC if you are operating a commercial vehicle, and you may face additional penalties if you do so.
Any infraction against the commercial motor vehicles law will result in your commercial drivers license (CDL) being revoked for one year, which means you are not allowed to pilot a commercial vehicle of any type during that time. This is in addition to any other penalties you may face for the DUI charge. If you are charged with DUI for a second time while in a commercial vehicle, your CDL will be revoked permanently, and you will be disqualified from operating such a vehicle ever again.
If you have been charged with a CDL DUI, contact a Tampa DUI defense attorney who can review the facts of your case and provide you with legal help in court.
The aftermath of a CDL DUI conviction can prove to be very difficult for the individual convicted. A CDL revocation could mean the interruption or eradication of the person's livelihood, causing extreme financial hardship for them and their family. With so much at stake, you are entitled to a fair and thorough trial for your CDL DUI charges, and an experienced attorney is your best chance at making sure that happens.
The Tampa criminal lawyers at Taracks & Associates are intimately familiar with the workings of DUI cases, and we use that experience to our clients' benefit on a regular basis. Call our firm today about your CDL DUI case, and we will provide you with skilled legal representation that will increase your chances of a favorable outcome for you.
If you have been arrested for DUI while holding a commercial drivers license, then contact a Tampa CDL DUI defense lawyer who can help you with your case.