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What Happens to My CDL if I’m Convicted of Drunk Driving?

Facing a drunk driving charge can be an incredibly daunting experience, especially when you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The implications of such a charge are far-reaching, affecting not only your private driving privileges but also your ability to continue working in a commercial driving capacity. Swift legal action becomes paramount in order to effectively navigate this challenging situation and mitigate the potential repercussions that could arise from it. It is crucial to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney who can provide you with the necessary support. The Law Offices of Bradley J. Friedman is committed to pursuing the best possible outcome for your case. Contact our firm for legal advice specific to your circumstances.

Consequences of Drunk Driving Convictions on CDL Holders

The repercussions of a drunk driving conviction for a CDL holder in Michigan are severe and depend on the individual’s prior criminal record, specifically previous DUI convictions in Michigan or other states, as well as the nature of the current drunk driving conviction.

A first-time drunk driving conviction results in a minimum one-year suspension of the CDL. This suspension persists even if the individual was not operating a commercial vehicle at the time of the arrest.

Second-time offenders face even harsher penalties. If arrested a second time for drunk driving within seven years, and with at least one prior conviction, the CDL is revoked for a minimum of ten years. This applies irrespective of whether a commercial vehicle was being driven at the time of the second arrest. Prior offenses in states other than Michigan typically trigger this second-offense CDL sanction.

Understanding License Suspension and Revocation

It is crucial to distinguish between license suspension and revocation, as these terms denote different conditions and processes for reinstating driving privileges. A suspension is temporary, with automatic reinstatement after the suspension period upon payment of a reinstatement fee. There is often an allowance for restricted driving, such as for work purposes.

Revocation, on the other hand, completely denies the right to drive. It renders the individual as though they have never held a driver’s license, with no avenue to obtain any form of restricted driving privileges during the minimum revocation period.

To regain a license after revocation, one must petition the Secretary of State (SOS) for a driver license restoration hearing, file paperwork, and provide live testimony. The burden of proof is high, and there is no guarantee of success. If unsuccessful, another year must pass before another attempt can be made.

Navigating the Legal Landscape with an Attorney

Drunk driving convictions carry heavy consequences, particularly for CDL holders. These implications extend beyond mere inconveniences to potentially career-ending outcomes. Understanding the nuances of license suspension and revocation is critical in navigating the legal landscape surrounding drunk driving convictions.

At the Law Offices of Bradley J. Friedman, we understand the severity of these charges and the potential impact on your livelihood. Our team, equipped with a former prosecutor’s insights, stands ready to defend your rights and counteract the government’s measures.

We focus not just on the charges but also on the possible consequences you face, crafting a defense strategy designed to help achieve your goals. Through our dedicated representation, we aim to empower you during this challenging time and guide you towards the best possible outcome. If you’re facing CDL drunk driving charges, call today to schedule a consultation with our criminal defense attorney.

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