When a person wishes to operate a commercial vehicle, such as a bus or tractor-trailer, they must have a specific license. This is known as a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). This is because, due to their size, these vehicles have to be driven with great caution. This includes not driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In the event that a commercially licensed driver violates this law, they can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). These charges often come with significant consequences as a result. If you are facing these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Connecticut DUI defense attorney for assistance.
Consequences of a Commercial DUI
A person operating a commercial vehicle can be charged with a DUI if they are found with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04%. If it is the driver’s first violation, their Commercial Drivers License can be disqualified for one year. If they were transporting hazardous materials in the vehicle, the disqualification can worsen to three years. In the event that it is the driver’s second violation, their license may be disqualified for life. However, the individual may be eligible for a reinstatement ten years after the fact. In addition to this, a commercially licensed driver can receive a DUI charge if they refuse to submit a chemical test. It is important to know that a person’s regular driver’s license can be at risk as well if they are found guilty of a DUI.
DUI Defenses in Connecticut
The consequences of a DUI can be severe, no matter if it is the individual’s first or third offense. It is because of this that it is crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on their side for guidance during this difficult time. With the assistance of an attorney, defenses for the case can be found by assessing the circumstances of the arrest. Common defenses for DUI cases can include an illegal stop, the failure to issue Miranda warnings, and improperly administered field sobriety tests. In the event of any of these circumstances, there is a chance the stop and the evidence found can be invalidated in court.
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