From truckers to bus drivers, having a commercial driver's license (CDL) enables these individuals to make a living and provide for themselves and their families. However, if a commercial driver is arrested for a DUI in Illinois, a conviction can have a negative impact on their career, future, and freedom.
Legal Limit for Commercial Drivers in IL
First, it is important to understand that the legal limit for CDL holders in Illinois is a blood alcohol content of at least .04 percent, rather than .08 percent for the average citizen. Furthermore, if a commercial driver is arrested for a DUI while operating his/her personal vehicle with a BAC above .08 percent, then a conviction can affect their CDL status. Any presence of marijuana or methamphetamine in a CDL holder’s bloodstream will lead to license repercussions, whether the driver is operating a commercial or non-commercial vehicle.
What Happens to a CDL After a DUI Conviction?
If a CDL holder gets convicted of a first DUI offense, then their CDL will be suspended for up to one year. If a CDL holder refuses to take a post-arrest chemical test, then his/her CDL will be automatically suspended for one year.
If a commercial driver was transporting hazardous materials at the time of arrest, a conviction will result in a three-year CDL suspension for a first offense. A subsequent DUI conviction is punishable by lifetime disqualification.
Avoid Conviction with the Help of an Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer
A DUI arrest puts your livelihood and reputation on the line, which is why it is important to hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side. Attorney Steven Fine has more than 20 years of experience handling DUI cases in Chicago and the surrounding area and has obtained an exceptional track record of success protecting our clients’ rights and best interests inside and outside the courtroom.
If you are a commercial driver who has been arrested for a DUI in Chicago, contact the Law Office of Steven Fine today at (312) 436-0638 for a free initial consultation.