DWI with CDL
Commercial drivers license (CDL) holders are held to a higher standard than other motorists in North Carolina. Not only are the qualifications for obtaining a CDL more rigorous than those for a standard drivers license, once a person has earned his or her CDL, they must adhere to a more strict code of conduct on the roads. This includes the guidelines surrounding DWIs.
Legal Limit for CDLs
Most motorists must have a BAC of .08 or higher in order to be arrested for DWI. For CDL holders, that threshold is considerably lower at .04 while driving a commercial vehicle.
CDL and Refusals
CDL drivers who do not submit to field sobriety testing can be charged with a refusal and may face additional penalties.
DWI and CDL Disqualification
You can lose your CDL for one year if you are convicted of any of the following DWI-related offenses:
- Driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04 or higher
- Refusing a chemical BAC test
- Driving a commercial vehicle under the influence of a schedule I controlled substance
If you were transporting hazardous materials at the time, your suspension will be extended to three years.
If you are convicted of these offenses for a second time, your CDL will be suspended for life. Under certain circumstances, some drivers may be able to apply to have this ban lifted after 10 years.
Defense for CDL DWI
Loss of your CDL could have a serious impact on your finances and your future. If you are a professional driver who has been charged with DWI in North Carolina, it is imperative that you seek the assistance of an experienced DWI defense attorney right away.