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How Can a DUI Affect My Commercial License?

Wisconsin Commercial DUIs: Commonly Asked Questions

The impact of a DUI on a truck driver not only affects their ability to go wherever they choose — it affects their livelihood as well. Truck drivers have commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), which means they’re held to higher standards when operating a motor vehicle. Therefore, the penalties for driving drunk or driving under the influence come with higher risks.

Here are the most common things you should know about driving drunk with a commercial license.

What is the BAC for a Commercial DUI?

Most drivers assume that the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is the same for everyone across Wisconsin — but this isn’t the case for commercial truckers.

With a larger vehicle comes more considerable risks, which is why the legal limit for Wisconsin commercial drivers operating a commercial vehicle is half that of everyday drivers. This means that instead of a BAC of 0.08, commercial drivers can be found guilty of a DUI if their BAC is greater or equal to 0.04.

Read More: How Long Will a DUI Appear on My Wisconsin Record

What Are the Penalties for Driving Drunk With a Commercial License?

No other licensed professionals are hit harder following a DUI conviction than commercial drivers. Their job requires the safe operation of a truck, bus, or another type of motor vehicle.

Not only do Wisconsin commercial drivers face a lower BAC limit while on the road, but they also face higher penalties if charged and convicted of a DUI — even if they’re in their own personal car. Wisconsin law states that drivers with class A, B, or C commercial driver’s licenses may face disqualification of their CDL privileges if found driving drunk.

Additionally, if a commercial trucker is found operating any vehicle under the influence, they risk losing their license for a year. If you were transporting hazardous materials when pulled over, the penalty raises to three years. The same penalties apply to commercial drivers who refuse to submit to a test in order to determine their BAC. If you’re convicted of a second offense, this penalty stays for life.

Defending Your Wisconsin Commercial DWI

A commercial driver’s license isn’t for pleasure; it’s a means to put food on the table and allows truckers to provide for their families. If you’re charged with a commercial DUI, it’s vital to hire an experienced attorney to help protect your future.

Our attorneys at Melowski & Singh, LLC will do just that and will always fight for what’s right during your case. No other law firm in Wisconsin has helped more commercial drivers avoid drunk driving convictions than our team. To schedule your consultation, contact our team today: (920) 294-1414