CDL DRIVERS AND DUI CHARGES
The rules for CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) drivers are stricter than for the average driver. A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge is tough enough on a regular license holder in Illinois. If you possess a CDL; however, your CDL will be disqualified under the following situations:
1) if you submit to a chemical test that reveals an alcohol concentration of over .08, or the presence of illegal intoxicating compounds (drugs),
2) if you refuse chemical testing (a breath test, a blood test, or a urine test), or
3) if you pled guilty or are found guilty of DUI.
The first two scenarios are administered in accordance with statutory summary suspensions. If commercial driver’s license holders receive a statutory summary suspension, their CDL privileges will be disqualified for one year for a first offense; a lifetime disqualification applies for a second offense. However, the CDL driver must still prevail on the criminal DUI charge to avoid a CDL disqualification. Unlike regular driver’s, the state will consider even a disposition of supervision a conviction when it comes to your CDL. A second DUI violation calls for a lifetime CDL revocation.
Remember that if a CDL is disqualified, that means that you can’t drive CDL vehicles. An employer will not allow an employee to drive a CDL vehicle if the employer learns of the CDL disqualification.
The attorneys at Gruszeczki & Smith Law, LLP are experienced in handling not only Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases, but also in representing CDL drivers in this unique circumstance. Don’t let a DUI threaten your livelihood as a CDL driver without putting (G&S DUI Attorneys at law) Gruszeczki & Smith Law, LLP to work for you.