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Commercial Driver's License (CDL) With DUI In California Explained In Simple Terms

If you are a commercial driver in California and have been convicted of DUI, it can be very confusing to know what the consequences will be. In this blog post, we will explain the process of getting a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a DUI conviction in simple terms. Keep reading for more information!

What Is A Commercial Driver's License?

A commercial driver's license is a specialized license that allows individuals to operate large commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers and buses. These licenses are issued by the state where you live and require drivers to adhere to strict rules and regulations in order to stay safe on the road.

What Are The Consequences For A DUI In California?

If you have been convicted of a DUI in California, the consequences will depend on your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of arrest. If your BAC was higher than 0.04%, you may face up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 and the suspension or revocation of your driver's license.

How Does A DUI Affect My CDL?

The consequences of a DUI conviction for commercial drivers are even more serious than those faced by regular drivers. In California, a commercial driver with a DUI will face an automatic one-year disqualification from operating any commercial vehicle in the United States. This means that you will not be able to get a new CDL until one year has passed from the date of your conviction and any remaining time on your license suspension is satisfied.

What Are The Costs Involved In Obtaining A New CDL?

If you have been convicted of a DUI in California, there are certain fees that need to be paid in order to obtain a new CDL. These fees include the cost of obtaining a driver's license reinstatement form, a drug and alcohol substance abuse program, DMV fees and any court fines or costs associated with your DUI conviction.

What Are The Steps To Obtaining A New CDL?

The first step in obtaining a new CDL with a DUI conviction is to have your license reinstated by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will then need to attend and complete a drug and alcohol substance abuse program. Once this is completed, you must pass both written and driving tests at the DMV in order to receive your new CDL. 

Understanding The “Legal Limit” Double Standard

There is a double standard in California with regards to DUI and CDL. While the legal limit for regular drivers is 0.08%, commercial drivers are held to the standard of 0.04% BAC or lower when operating commercial vehicles. This means that even if you have a BAC below 0.08%, you can still be convicted of a DUI if you are over the 0.04% BAC limit for commercial drivers.

Obtaining a commercial driver's license with a DUI conviction in California can be a complicated process. However, by following the steps outlined above and understanding the consequences of your actions, you can successfully get back on the road with a new CDL.  If you have any questions or concerns about the process, it is best to speak to a qualified lawyer or another legal professional for advice.

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