Commercial Driver DUI Defense in Atlanta
Arrested for DUI with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)?
DUI penalties for those who drive for a living can be particularly devastating,
which is why commercial driver's license (CDL) DUI offenses are a
particularly sensitive matter. The State of Georgia knows that these drivers
are not only on the road often, but are also driving sizable vehicles
capable of tremendous harm to property and other drivers. It is because
of these factors that laws for CDL DUI offenses are especially harsh.
As a commercial driver, you will face much stricter regulations for
driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Not only that, but the consequences you face also
likely be much harsher. You cannot afford to try and navigate your defense
on your own. You need a trusted and seasoned legal advocate on your side
if you have been charged with DUI as a commercial driver in the Atlanta
area – which is where Thomas & Willis, LLC comes in.
Thomas & Willis, LLC knows how to handle tough cases, especially those
involving CDL DUI in Georgia. Their award-winning legal team has accumulated over
100 years of DUI defense experience. They have the insight and resources to ensure that every possible legal
option in protecting your rights is pursued to the fullest extent. Discover
the difference an effective DUI defense attorney can make in your case.
Contact the firm today.
DUI Penalties for Commercial Drivers in Georgia
In Georgia, CDL holders are held to a different standard than other drivers.
As citizens, they are subject to
criminal penalties, but also vastly enhanced administrative restrictions and penalties handed
down by the Department of Driver Services (DDS). If you are a CDL holder
and have been accused of DUI, you will likely have your
license suspended for a minimum of one year. Unlike regular drivers, which must have a BAC
below .08, CDL holders must have a BAC below .04, a much stricter regulation.
You could even be operating a private vehicle at the time of your charges.
If you receive a second DUI conviction, you will likely have your CDL disqualified
for life. However, if you took a breathalyzer test, you may be eligible
to get your CDL reinstated in just 120 days, so long as you have no previous
convictions with the past 5 years. Additionally, CDL holders who are caught
driving a commercial vehicle and register a BAC of any amount under .04
must also be taken out of service for a full 24 hours.
Other penalties you may face include:
- Having your personal license suspended/revoked
- Jail time or probation
- Restitution to any injury victims
- Mandatory community service
- Mandatory alcohol education program
- Hefty fines and increased insurance rates
Thomas & Willis, LLC Is Ready to Fight for You – Call Now
If you are a Georgia commercial driver facing a DUI offense, it is imperative
that you contact our firm immediately. CDL DUI is a serious charge that
could severely impact your career and future. Retain an Atlanta DUI lawyer
as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. With more
than 100 years of collective legal experience, Thomas & Willis, LLC
is more than prepared to take on your case. We have the best track record
of any DUI firm in the state! With your employment, driving privileges,
and freedom on the line, make sure you trust your case to no one other
than our firm.
Thomas & Willis, LLC understands that, for many, being able to drive is not merely a convenience,
but a livelihood. That is why, if necessary, their representatives are
prepared to stand with CDL holders through the entire DUI offense process—from
administrative hearings to the criminal proceedings—and ensure all
penalties are addressed and thoroughly combated. If you would like to
learn more about CDL DUI charges and how to protect your rights and defend
your career, be sure to contact our Atlanta DUI attorneys at this time
for a free initial consultation.
Call the firm today at (404) 566-5199 or fill out a
free case evaluation form online to get started on your case.