Since commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders transport people or consumer goods, they are held to a higher standard compared to regular motorists. While the legal limit in Tennessee and most states in the country is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent, a CDL holder can get charged with a DUI if their BAC is at least .04 percent, according to the standards by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Besides the lower BAC threshold, a DUI conviction for a commercial driver is similar to a regular driver. However, the driver’s license suspension is handled differently.
A first DUI conviction for a commercial driver can result in a CDL suspension of up to one year. Yet, if a commercial driver was transporting hazardous cargo at the time of the arrest, a conviction can lead to a CDL suspension of up to three years.
A second DUI conviction is punishable by a CDL suspension for a minimum of 10 years. This outcome often causes a commercial driver to look for a new career since he will be unable to support himself/herself and/or his/her family without an active CDL.
Since a commercial driver’s career and livelihood are on the line following a DUI arrest, it is imperative to seek legal assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Andrew Farmer Law, we can investigate your arrest, gather evidence, find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and help you either get your charges reduced or dismissed entirely.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Sevierville, contact us today at (865) 205-2637 for a free consultation.