How DUI And OVI Convictions Affect Commercial Drivers

For Ohio residents who drive a commercial truck, delivery vehicle, moving van, or school or city bus for a living, having a valid commercial driver's license is essential to maintaining their employment. In cases where a CDL driver is pulled over and subsequently arrested and charged with operating a vehicle impaired or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, if convicted, a CDL holder not only faces criminal penalties, but also the loss of their job and livelihood.

If you are a CDL driver who is facing OVI or DUI charges, it is important to contact an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, we have a successful track record of defending the rights of CDL drivers and protecting their driving privileges.

How OVI And DUI Laws Differ For CDL Drivers

Drunk and impaired driving laws are stricter for CDL drivers. For example, the legal BAC limit for CDL drivers is .04, or half of the .08 class D driver's license holder's BAC limit. However, it is illegal to operate a commercial motor vehicle with any amount of alcohol in your system, and drivers who register a BAC below the legal .04 limit may have their CDL suspended for a 24-hour time frame.

If you are a CDL driver who was arrested while driving your own private vehicle, your CDL may still be suspended or revoked. Likewise, CDL drivers who refuse to submit to a breath or blood test, automatically face a 12-month suspension of their CDL. For CDL drivers who were previously convicted of a DUI, OVI, or for refusing to submit to a blood or breath test, a CDL will be permanently revoked.

Protect Your CDL And Your Livelihood

With so much at stake, you cannot afford to leave your DUI or OVI case to chance. Learn more about how a lawyer at Sebaly Shillito + Dyer can help you fight drunk or impaired driving charges and retain your commercial driver's license by calling our Dayton or West Chester law office at 937-401-2526 or by contacting us online.