What is a CDL or commercial DUI in CA?
An individual arrested for commercial DUI faces the same DUI penalties as any other driver. The difference is that the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for a person operating a commercial vehicle is half the 0.08% of a non-commercial driver. You can be arrested for commercial DUI if your BAC is 0.04% or higher. Because commercial drivers are often operating very large vehicles such as a school bus, big rig or semi truck, etc. which can cause extensive injury or death in the event of an accident involving DUI , the law has very little leeway when it comes to commercial drunk driving.
What's different about the penalties for a commercial or CDL DUI conviction?
The penalties for a commercial DUI are the same as those of any other drunk driver conviction. The only added penalty is, of course, revocation or suspension of your commercial driver's license. A first conviction for DUI is usually classified as a misdemeanor and carries up to $1000 in fines and fees and 2 days to 6 months in jail. DUI involving injury or death is a felony offense and the penalties are much higher.
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Attorney Lynn Gorelick has extensive experience helping CDL holders defend their licenses and their careers against allegations of DUI in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, and throughout the Bay Area. She offers a free initial case review, during which she will assess and review your license options.