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Denver Commercial Driver DUI Attorneys

At Risk of Losing Your CDL After a DUI Arrest?

Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is a hard job that requires extensive skills and training. Due to the fact that commercial drivers operate large vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, that often carry hazardous materials, they are held to a higher standard than average passenger car drivers. Most states have extremely strict rules regarding blood alcohol content (BAC) in commercial drivers, and the penalties for DUI tend to be more severe.

Commercial drivers have more to lose than any other driver when facing a DUI charge in Colorado. Either an administrative or criminal conviction will result in the CDL being revoked for a minimum of one year. It does not matter if you were driving a personal vehicle when you were arrested. If you have a valid CDL and you are convicted criminally or administratively, you will lose your CDL privileges for a minimum of one year.

If your livelihood depends on your commercial driver’s license (CDL), make sure you contact our Denver commercial DUI attorneys at the Orr Law Firm. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to protect your rights. Call us at (303) 818-2448 or contact us online.

Penalties for Commercial Driver DUI

As a commercial driver, one of the worst punishments you could face for a DUI conviction is the loss of your commercial driver’s license. Any Colorado driver can lose their CDL temporarily or permanently, and the loss is dependent on whether the violation is a "major" or "serious" offense. DUI would be considered major. While the legal BAC for a passenger car driver is 0.08%, commercial drivers cannot have a BAC of 0.04% or higher.

In addition to the standard DUI penalties, you could face:

  • First violation: disqualification for 1 year or 3 years if transporting hazardous materials
  • Second violation: lifetime disqualification

If your BAC was .150% or higher or you refuse a chemical test and are convicted administratively at an express consent hearing, you will not be able to obtain a CDL until all interlock requirements are met and the device is no longer required as part of your driving privilege requirements. Therefore, you are looking at having your CDL privileges revoked for a minimum of 25 months (one month no driving plus two years on interlock).

A second offense will result in a lifetime disqualification of your CDL, but keep in mind that lifetime disqualification only applies if both offenses were after you obtained the CDL and both offenses also occurred after October 1, 2005. This is a result of the Motor Carrier Safety Information Act (MCSIA) going into effect. This act is what created the change to add personal vehicles to major offenses and took effect on October 1, 2005.

Let Orr Law Firm Help You Fight Your CDL DUI Charges

The loss of your CDL could cost you your livelihood. If you have been charged with DUI as a commercial driver, you need an experienced CDL DUI lawyer in Denver on your side. Our team at the Orr Law Firm is not afraid to fight tooth and nail for your rights, and we offer payment plans for people on a budget. Call now to learn more.

Get started by contacting our Denver commercial DUI lawyers at (303) 818-2448.

PROVEN DEFENSE BACKED BY RESULTS

Take a look at our case results!
  • Case Dismissed Original Charge (DUI <.2 / Careless Causing Injury)
  • Not Guilty Original Charge (DUI)
  • Plead to Wet Reckless Original Charge (DUI)
  • Plead to Wet Reckless Original Charge (DUI)
  • Reduced to Wet Reckless Original Charge (DUI / Accident)
  • Case Dismissed Original Charge (DUI/DUID)
  • Case Dismissed Original Charge (DUI)
  • Case Dismissed Original Charge (DUI)
  • Case Dismissed Original Charge (Unsafe Backing)
  • Plead to Deferred Judgement for DWAI Original Charge (DUI)

What Our Clients Say

  • “Rhidian was not only concerned with my legal issues, but with my overall life. ”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; DUI CHARGE

  • “You have surrounded yourself with an amazing staff and I have benefited from their collective expertise, professionalism and compassion.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; GRAND COUNTY DUI W/ 2 PRIORS

  • “He was always able to get me to relax and know that he was going to take care of it. Something like that for me is essential in making myself feel good that I have made the right choice.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; DUI CHARGE

  • “My case was a DUI case, and he was able to get my charges completely dismissed before we even went to trial.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; DUI CHARGE

  • “Results speak for themselves, hire the Orr Law Firm.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; WELD COUNTY DUI

  • “My case was resolved as fair as the circumstances allowed. I am very happy with the outcome of my case.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; ADAMS COUNTY CARELESS DRIVING CAUSING BODILY INJURY

  • “He has been extremely professional, helpful and diligent to win my cases.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; MUNICIPAL COURT TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

  • “Their depth and knowledge of the practice really showed through when they began working on my case.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; DENVER COUNTY DUI

  • “They calmed our fears completely.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT

  • “These guys did a great job defending me in my DUI case in Boulder County.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; BOULDER COUNTY DUI

  • “Thank you for everything you did for me this past year.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; ARAPAHOE COUNTY DWAI - DISMISSED

  • “Your performance in court was amazing; the end result surpassed all my expectations. My traffic violation has been removed and erased.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; MUNICIPAL COURT TRAFFIC VIOLATION

  • “Mr. Orr was very helpful in every step of the process. He made the process as tolerable as it could be.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; DUI CHARGE

  • “The Orr Law team was not only understanding, but sympathetic and compassionate about my case.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT

  • “Mr. Orr's professionalism puts him in a higher class than his peers in the courtroom.”

    SATISFIED CLIENT; BROOMFIELD COUNTY DUR W/ PRIORS

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