A drunk driving charge is always serious, and it’s especially serious if you are a commercial driver and hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL).  A CDL holder who gets a DUI is looking at losing their job, period.  So it’s important to know all your options and to have a competent Mississippi DUI attorney on your side.

If a CDL holder is convicted of a DUI in Mississippi, he is disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for one year.  That pretty much makes you unemployable as a commercial driver.  Understand also that the state’s burden is lower when it comes to CDLs.  They have to prove only that the driver’s alcohol concentration was .04, rather than the higher .08 for non-commercial drivers.

You’re also subject to implied consent laws as a commercial driver.  If you refuse a chemical test your license will be suspended for one year (compared to 90 days for non-CDLs).  You can request a hearing on the refusal, but you’ve only got 10 days from the date of notice provided by the Department of Public Safety.

Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than the rest of us, and those who are charged with driving under the influence face harsh penalties.  If you hold a CDL and have been arrested, contact Southaven DUI lawyer Patrick Stegall today.  He can be reached at (901) 205-9894 or pstegall@stegall-law.com.

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