Driving a commercial truck, though it is a demanding job, is a way that numerous Wisconsin residents earn a living. Unfortunately, you can quickly lose your commercial driver's license if you are ultimately convicted on a DUI charge.
Facing accusations of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be tough to take, but you do have the right to defend yourself. An experienced attorney can help you take the steps necessary to fight the charge so that you may be able to keep your professional driving career.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict guidelines in place with the intent to keep professional drivers and those with whom they share the road safe. Failing to abide by these guidelines can result in the loss of one's license. Drug and alcohol testing at frequent intervals is one safety requirement to which all CDL holders must adhere. The purpose of such testing is to deter drivers from operating their vehicles while under the influence.
I failed a drug or alcohol test. What does that mean for me?
If you fail a drug or alcohol test as part of your job requirement, your license could be temporarily suspended or revoked. If you fail a drug or alcohol test performed by law enforcement officials as part of a routine traffic stop or after an accident, you will likely be arrested and criminally charged. If you are ultimately convicted on a DUI charge, the penalties you may face include:
- License suspension or revocation
- Jail time
- Court ordered rehabilitation
In either case, a positive result on a drug or alcohol test may result in the loss of your job.
How can I fight a DUI charge?
There are various defense strategies that may work. It all depends on the details of your situation. Common defense strategies include:
- Questioning the validity of a field sobriety test
- Questioning the accuracy of breath test results
- Claiming improper police actions took place
- Claiming an improper stop was made
Your legal counsel will have the ability to review every aspect of your case and help you settle on a defense strategy that will best benefit your circumstances.
Need more information
If you are facing a DUI charge, it is normal to have questions about the legal process and how your life may change as a result of it all. An experienced criminal defense attorney can answer your questions and assist you in fighting your case in court. Further help is available if you need to have your CDL reinstated following the conclusion of your case.