The legal blood alcohol level for operating commercial vehicles is more stringent than it is for operating non-commercial vehicles. Under Florida DUI law, it is illegal to operate a non-commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol level at or above 0.08%. On the other hand, operating a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol level of only 0.04% can result in a DUI conviction. Operators of commercial vehicles do not have the right to refuse to submit to chemical tests for blood alcohol content. Refusing to participate in the test is illegal and can carry additional consequences for the driver.
If convicted of a DUI, the commercial driver’s license will automatically be suspended for at least one year. If it is the driver’s second conviction for operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the commercial driver’s license will be permanently revoked. Furthermore, commercial drivers are not eligible for a hardship license to operate a commercial vehicle.
Contact An Experienced Florida CDL DUI Attorney
At Florida Legal Advisers, P.A. we understand just how important it is for commercial drivers to maintain their CDL. In commercial DUI cases we aggressively fight the charges against our clients to get the case thrown out of court. Our Tampa DUI lawyers carefully scrutinize every detail of the case to identify any potential errors by police, violations of constitutional rights, mishandling of evidence, and sloppy police work. If you have been arrested for a DUI contact us today by email, phone, or website form to schedule a free consultation and to see if we can help prevent your CDL from being taken away from you.