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How Will a DUI Affect My Commercial Driver’s License?


In Colorado, the penalties for a DUI on your commercial driver’s license (CDL) can vary depending upon a variety of factors, such as whether this is your first offense or if there are aggravating circumstances.

Generally speaking, the penalties for a DUI conviction for a commercial driver may include suspension or revocation of your CDL and disqualification from operating commercial vehicles. Additionally, you may be required to attend an alcohol or drug education program and/or pay fines.

How Long Is My CDL Suspended After a DUI Conviction?

If you are convicted of DUI in Colorado for the first time, the DMV revokes your CDL for one year. If you were transporting hazardous materials when you were arrested, however, your suspension can last up to three years.

A second DUI conviction will result in a permanent revocation of your license. Even so, you can reapply for a new license after 10 years have lapsed since your conviction and you’ve completed all programs a judge may order you to complete.

Keep in mind, however, that a third DUI conviction after receiving a new CDL will make it exceedingly unlikely that you’ll successfully reapply for a new CDL after another 10 years have elapsed.

I Was Convicted of CDL DUI. Can I Drive a Non-Commercial Vehicle?

Those who are convicted of DUI in Colorado may be eligible for a different class of driver’s license, though it may be subject to probationary conditions and restrictions. For example, you may be required to complete an alcohol or drug treatment program and you may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

Contact a DUI Lawyer Immediately!

If you are charged with a DUI while operating a commercial vehicle, it’s recommended that you contact an experienced attorney to help navigate the complex legal landscape and ensure your rights are protected.

No matter what the outcome of your case is, your driving record will be affected for years to come. Your ability to obtain and maintain future employment in the trucking industry may also be hindered since many employers conduct background checks on all applicants, including reviews of their driving records. A DUI conviction could hinder or limit your options, so it's important to make sure you understand the consequences and take steps to mitigate them as best as possible.

Contact Orr Law Firm today to request a consultation and learn more about how we can help.