A DUI conviction can have a serious impact on your life. Not only is there the potential for jail time and expensive fines, but a criminal record can make it difficult to find employment or get into the school of your choice. If you are a commercial driver, things can be even more complicated. A DUI conviction can lead to the loss of your CDL and affect your ability to make a living. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of getting a commercial driver's license (CDL) after a DUI in California.
First, you need to understand the rules and regulations that govern CDL holders in California. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a driver can be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle if they have been convicted of certain DUI-related offenses. These include:
- Driving under the influence resulting in an injury
- Driving under the influence resulting in death
- Driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher
- Refusing to submit to a chemical test for intoxication
If you have been convicted of one or more of these offenses, your CDL will be suspended for at least one year. After this period, you may be eligible to apply for a new CDL. However, you will need to provide proof that you have completed an alcohol and drug evaluation program approved by the DMV. This is known as "formal rehabilitation." If you successfully complete this program, your past DUI conviction may not be considered when the DMV makes its decision about whether or not to issue you a new CDL.
It is important to note that the DMV may still deny your application for a new CDL, even if you have successfully completed formal rehabilitation. If this happens, you can appeal the decision or seek help from an experienced DUI attorney. A lawyer can help you understand your legal options and work with the DMV to ensure that your application is considered fairly.
If you have been convicted of a DUI and are looking to obtain or maintain a CDL, it is best to consult with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can review the specifics of your case and provide advice on how to proceed in order to give yourself the best chance of securing or keeping your commercial driver's license. A lawyer can also help you understand the rules and regulations governing CDLs in California and make sure that you are fully aware of your rights.
We hope this guide has been helpful in providing an overview of how to obtain a CDL after a DUI conviction in California. If you have any further questions, or would like more information on this topic, please contact an experienced DUI attorney.
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