If you have a commercial drivers license (CDL) in the state of Colorado, the consequences of a DUI or another driving-related offense could cost you your job. In addition to the penalties you could face following a conviction — which may include jail time, steep fines and probation — you risk having your commercial driving privileges revoked temporarily or permanently depending on your particular situation. This is the case even if you weren't driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) when you were arrested.
For example, the following are considered "disqualifying offenses,"
meaning you'll lose your CDL privileges for one year if it's a
first offense and for the rest of your life if it's a second offense:
• Being convicted of DUI or DWAI
• Committing a felony using a motor vehicle
• Leaving the scene of an accident
• Negligently causing the death of another person while driving a CMV.
In addition to disqualifying offenses, there are also "serious offenses"
to be aware of. These include the following:
• Committing any traffic violation in which a fatality is involved
• Driving a CMV without a CDL
• Following another vehicle too closely
• Improper lane changes
• Reckless driving
• Traveling 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit.
"If a CDL holder is convicted of two of the above offenses over a three year period, a first offense is a 60 day revocation, and a second offense is a 120 day revocation," states Colorado.gov.
With this information in mind, it's imperative for CDL carriers to make smart decisions before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, in the event that you've been arrested for a driving-related crime, there are experienced attorneys in Denver who can take on your case and help you pursue a favorable outcome in court. Contact The Orr Law Firm today to learn more.