Jacksonville Commercial DUI Lawyer
Don't Lose Your CDL - Call Attorney Jason K.S. Porter Today
Commercial drivers make their living through the operation of motor vehicles.
Therefore, those workers who are charged with drinking and driving have
even more at stake than those whose jobs do not require constant time
on the road. The arrest itself is enough to jeopardize the stability of
some people's jobs. If you are a commercial driver in jeopardy of
losing your job from DUI then you will need the help of a Jacksonville
DUI attorney. In Florida, drinking and driving charges that pertain to
commercial drivers are different from those that apply to non-commercial
drivers. For example, the legal
BAC level of a commercial driver may not be above 0.04 percent whereas the
limit for normal drivers remains at 0.08 percent.
Furthermore, no less than a year of disqualification of vehicle operation
will be sentenced to commercial drivers that are actually convicted of
DUI in the state. Therefore, it is vitally important to the future of
your job and wellbeing to hire a lawyer that is familiar with the nuances of
DUI law as it pertains to commercial drivers. Without the legal knowledge
of a professional that is familiar in the field, your case could go in
any number of negative directions.
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Penalties of a DUI for Commercial License Holders
If you are found guilty of driving under the influence, you will face penalties
that are unique to the holders of commercial driver's licenses. For
example, for one year, you will be disqualified from driving a commercial
vehicle. Following the year disqualification, you will have to pay a disqualification
reinstatement fee before you are able to seek a reinstatement of your
license. This, however, is just a foundation for penalties.
Violations that can result in a CDL suspension include:
- Refusing to take a blood, breath, or urine test
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance
- Using a licensed commerical vehicle to commit a felony
There are certain circumstances which can aggravate them. If you were,
for instance, transporting hazardous materials when arrested for the DUI,
the disqualification can be elevated to three years total. In all cases,
you are not eligible for a hardship license, meaning that for as long
as the disqualification lasts, you will not be able to carry on with your
career. This goes above and beyond the typical penalties for a standard
DUI. It is not merely inconvenient, it is a severe and life-changing consequence.
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In addition to disqualification, these persons will face the
penalties typical of DUI cases that don't involve commercial licensure. That
being said, too much is at stake during a commercial DUI case to risk
being improperly defended. At Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. our team of associates
has more than 90 years of legal experience under our belt. We have handled
cases as serious as
vehicular homicide charges and
leaving the scene of an accident.
Commercial DUI can be equally as serious and life-altering and should only
be handled by a firm that understands the law to a tee. The DUI defense
you choose could greatly shape the way your future plays out so finding
a Jacksonville DUI lawyer on whom you can rely will be pivotal to the
outcome of your case. With the legal services at our firm, you can rest
assured that you will be given the attention, professionalism and support
you need during this shaky time.
Call (904) 701-0591 for a
FREE case evaluation.