Can I Lose My CDL If Arrested for Drunk Driving?

Michigan DUI CDL Defense Attorneys Representing Commercial Drivers Charged with Drunk Driving in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout the State

Individuals who depend on a CDL (commercial driver's license) for their employment are understandably concerned when arrested for drunk driving. Unfortunately, when you are operating a vehicle on a CDL and are arrested for DUI, the stakes are high; not only is your career at risk, you may face enhanced charges and criminal penalties. At Grabel & Associates, we understand how vital it is that you retain your commercial driver's license. Our skilled team of Michigan DUI defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting your license; we will work with you to obtain the best possible outcome and provide the guidance you need throughout the criminal process.

Whether you operate a bus, tractor-trailer rig, tow truck, or any heavy vehicle in the course of your employment, losing your CDL license essentially means losing the ability to provide financial support for yourself and your family. Michigan's laws regarding commercial driver’s license suspension changed in 2005; today, your CDL may be suspended even if you were driving your own vehicle when arrested or convicted of driving under the influence. First-time offenders face a one-year CDL suspension if convicted; we realize how serious this is for those who depend on a commercial driver's license for their living.

Those who operate commercial vehicles in Michigan on a CDL are also subject to enhanced restrictions on BAC (blood alcohol content). In Michigan, if your BAC is above 0.04%, you may be arrested for DUI, whereas this level is 0.08% for those who drive on a regular license.

CDL Suspension and Revocation

Having your commercial driver's license revoked is even more serious than a suspension. When your CDL is suspended due to an arrest for drunk driving, it will be automatically returned to you following the end of the one-year suspension period. However, in order to get your CDL back after it has been revoked, you must start over from the beginning. In other words, you will have to reapply and undergo the entire application process as you did when you initially applied for your commercial driver's license.

What Should You do to Protect Your CDL When Arrested for Drunk Driving?

The most important action you can take when arrested for drunk driving as someone who operates a commercial vehicle on a CDL is to consult with an experienced and highly capable DUI defense attorney immediately. In order to protect your commercial driver's license and your career, it is essential to have the DUI offense reduced to a non-drinking offense. Depending on your unique set of circumstances, your attorney may be able to have the charge dismissed. However, in some situations it may be to your advantage to negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors; in other words, it may be to your benefit to plead guilty to careless or reckless driving. At Grabel & Associates, our top priority is to work with you to protect your CDL license, and thoroughly review your case so that together we can determine the best course of action to take.

Our highly skilled team of DUI defense lawyers is known throughout Michigan for achieving outstanding results for those accused of driving under the influence. We will challenge the reliability of evidence against you, and use our experience and knowledge to vigorously fight the charges.

If your career depends on a CDL and you have been arrested for drunk driving, whether in your work or personal vehicle, contact our office immediately. We are ready to begin work on your case today. Call our toll-free number at 1-800-783-4448 for a free evaluation.