Many states have much harsher penalties for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who are caught driving under the influence (DUI). Unlike passenger vehicles, CMVs can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, so their drivers must be extremely careful. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of CMV drivers, therefore, tends to be much lower than that of a typical driver. For the average passenger vehicle driver, they can have a BAC of 0.08% or below, while a CMV driver can only have a BAC of 0.04% or below.
If you’re accused of a DUI as a commercial driver, it’s essential to do your best to fight a conviction. Talk to one of our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers about your case as soon as possible. Turco & Draskovich is dedicated to defending the rights and freedom of our clients. Let us see what we can do for you.
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In addition to the typical DUI penalties, a CMV driver also faces the loss of their commercial driver’s license (CDL). A CDL is necessary for a truck driver to operate a CMV legally. If a truck driver gets a DUI and loses their CDL temporarily, he or she might be fired from his or her job, which could put severe financial strain on the accused. A 1st-time DUI conviction will lead to the suspension of a CDL for at least 1 year, but if the driver was transporting hazardous materials, he or she could face a suspension of up to 3 years.
Loss of your CDL could cost you your livelihood. Make sure you do your best to avoid a conviction by calling one of our skilled Las Vegas DUI attorneys as soon as possible. The sooner you call us, the more time we have to study your case and mount a defense on your behalf. Our firm has more than 40 years of combined legal experience to offer your case.
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