I have a Commercial Driver’s License and I’m arrested for OWI – now what?
You see the police in your rearview mirror. Your heart sinks. You drank a few beers with dinner. Your mind races. What happens if you’re arrested for drunk driving in Wisconsin with a commercial driver’s license? If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) your job is in jeopardy. You need the drunk driving defense attorneys at Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. on your side.
Legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) for Wisconsin Commercial Driver's LicenseA CDL holder is subject to different legal limits depending on the vehicle driven at the time of arrest. In your personal car, the limit is .08%. In a commercial vehicle, the limit is .04%.
WI DUI Penalties with a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)A first offense DUI conviction means a one-year CDL disqualification. Additionally, if your cargo includes hazardous materials the disqualification is three years. Furthermore, a second OWI conviction means lifetime disqualification.
As a result of your OWI arrest, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation suspends your driver's licenses. Wisconsin offers an Occupational License during the suspension period. However, the occupational license only permits you to drive your personal car for limited purposes. Consequently, no driving a commercial vehicle.
What does this mean? Unemployment. Difficulty finding a new job. Increased insurance premiums. As a result, you need an aggressive DUI Defense Attorney on your side.