Commercial Drivers DUI
Individuals with a commercial driver's license are held to a higher standard in the state of Florida than those with a license to drive regular passenger vehicles. Commercial drivers may transport other passengers, driving a bus or other form of public transportation. They may also drive large – and potentially dangerous- trucks. As such, the standards for a DUI for commercial drivers are much more stringent than the standards for a regular driver who gets a DUI.
A DUI for a commercial driver can not only face incarceration and other penalties associated with driving under the influence, but will also likely face the end of his career. It is, therefore, very important for anyone accused of a DUI with a commercial license to contact a Fort Lauderdale attorney who has experience with commercial drivers DUI charges. At The Ansara Law Firm, we have represented commercial drivers successfully in many cases and, while every case is different, we can put our legal experience to work to give you the best chance of resolving your DUI with the minimum of consequences.Florida Laws on Commercial DUIs
According to Florida Statute 322.61, a person who may be convicted of a commercial DUI for:
- Driving the commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .04 or higher. This is a lower legal limit than the one for drivers of passenger vehicles.
- Driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance.
- Refusing to submit to a test of blood alcohol level.
Anyone who is convicted of a DUI or who meets the above criteria will have his/her driver's license suspended for a period of one year. This penalty is in addition to standard DUI penalties provided under Florida Statute 316.193. The standard penalties include:
- Incarceration (even first offenders may serve up to six months in jail or nine months with a BAC above .15).
- Fines (First offenders may be subject to fines up to $1,000 unless their BAC is above .15 in which case the fine is larger).
- Community service (First offenders must do a minimum of 50 hours)
- Driver's license suspension.
- Ignition interlock device installation (for offenders with two or more offenses).
All of these penalties are life changing, but perhaps the most devastating consequence for many who are accused of commercial DUIs is that the DUI stays on your criminal and driving records even after you have completed your term of incarceration, paid your fines, done your community service and otherwise done all that is required of you. This may make it difficult or impossible to get a job driving a commercial vehicle, even when you get your driver's license back.
To avoid potentially losing your livelihood, along with your license and your freedom, you need to take action to explore defenses and other options available to you such as plea bargains. Contacting an experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer as soon as possible after your commercial DUI is essential to having a chance to avoid conviction.
If you have been charged with DUI in South Florida, call The Ansara Law Firm today for your free initial consultation at (954) 761-4011! You can also contact us online. It only takes a minute to call, but it can make all the difference in the world.