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CDL Federal and State Laws

CDL DUI Attorneys in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan Defending Truck Driver and Other CDL’s

Individuals who operate a truck or other vehicle on a CDL license face harsher penalties if charged with driving under the influence than those driving on a regular driver's license. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan DUI lawyers understand what is at stake; not only may you lose your commercial driver's license, your career could be in jeopardy as well. We are thoroughly familiar with the enhanced criminal penalties CDL operators face, and ready to assist you in every aspect of the criminal process, guiding you throughout and ensuring you understand every issue which could impact your case.

Regardless of whether you are operating a commercial vehicle at the time you are accused of DUI or OUIL, enhanced penalties may apply if you are a commercial driver accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol. If you are facing CDL DUI charges in Michigan, it is imperative you consult with a highly qualified attorney at once. We will fight aggressively on your behalf in order to protect you from damaging criminal punishment. We are capable of reaching positive results in most cases because of our firm's experience and knowledge in commercial driver’s license regulations and the law regarding commercial drivers.

Commercial DL Federal Alcohol Laws

Individuals who operate a truck or other vehicle on a CDL may be randomly tested for drug and/or alcohol use by your employer under federal law. On obtaining a commercial driver's license, you have given your consent to specific restrictions on your driving rights and privileges. Police may also test you if it is suspected you are driving under the influence. It is illegal under federal law for commercial drivers to operate a vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.04% or higher, which is half the 0.08% legal limit applied to regular drivers. There is also a zero tolerance policy for drug use in place for commercial drivers; you will be tested at random for the use of certain drugs.

Violation of federal CDL restrictions is serious; if you have been accused, it is critical you contact the Michigan DUI attorneys at Grabel & Associates immediately. Our team provides you with the guidance necessary to understand your driving rights and privileges, and how they affect you. We work diligently from day one to build a solid, effective defense for clients involved in commercial driving cases. When someone possessing a commercial driver’s license violates federal restrictions, both civil and criminal penalties may apply. The consequences you face if convicted may include fines, license suspension, and additional penalties under Michigan state law. We urge you to contact us today so that a CDL infraction does not result in harsh punishment.

DUI Commercial Driver’s License State Laws

Consent has already been given to submit to a chemical test when you operate a vehicle with a CDL. Your refusal to submit to a chemical test may result in license suspension of one year, possibly longer if the offense occurred at a time you were transporting hazardous materials. If it is determined you are operating while under the influence of alcohol or in violation of BAC limits, a conviction will mean you are subject to the associated criminal restrictions and penalties. In addition, you may be subject to points on your license, fines, and amplified license suspension.

Our firm focuses solely on criminal defense, including DUI and OUIL cases. Because our focus lies solely in defending clients accused of crimes, we have gained invaluable experience, knowledge, and skill over the years. Our attorneys know what is effective in Michigan courts, and how to secure positive results. We know the importance of the client clearly understanding every possible legal option so that the ultimate result is satisfactory. Our lawyers vigorously defend clients accused of DUI or OUIL while operating a truck or other vehicle on a commercial license. We are ready to begin work on your case immediately.

Contact Grabel & Associates for CDL DUI Defense Now

You can learn more about penalties for Michigan CDL drivers accused of DUI here; if you believe you may face criminal charges, call us immediately at 1-800-342-7896 for a free evaluation. If you prefer, you may also contact Scott Grabel online to schedule a free consultation. Your freedom, reputation, career, and driving privileges are important; choose an attorney who is capable of obtaining outstanding results.

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