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Can I Keep My CDL After Getting a DUI?


If you are required to maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for employment, getting a DUI can be the end of your career. After your first DUI conviction, your CDL is revoked for up to three years. After this period is over, you can get it back. An additional conviction for driving while intoxicated will result in a lifetime revocation, but you can petition for reinstatement after 10 years have elapsed.

All motorists must refrain from driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, especially commercial drivers. Because commercial drivers are entrusted to operate large, dangerous, and expensive machines, a DUI conviction – whether on or off the clock – is a breach of that trust. That’s why you can lose your CDL, job, and career even if your DUI arrest didn’t happen while you were working.

Any alleged DUI can put your career in jeopardy. Keep in mind that a judge is likely to impose other penalties such as jail time and fines as well. Fortunately, experienced DUI attorneys such as ours at Orr Law Firm can help you defend against DUI charges to protect your freedom and livelihood.

Learn more about how we can help you protect your CDL and defend against DUI charges by contacting us online.