It almost goes without saying that a drunk driving conviction can result in the imposition of serious penalties. Most people are aware that a DUI conviction can result in jail time and hefty fines, but they may not realize the damage that can be caused by an impounded vehicle, a suspended or revoked license or the mandatory implementation of an ignition interlock device. These penalties can wreak havoc on a Floridian’s life, making it difficult for him or her to carry on with his or her normal daily tasks. In addition, it may become challenging or impossible to get to work, which can result in additional financial hardships that can have a severe ripple effect.
This may be especially true for those who drive a commercial motor vehicle for a living. These individuals are subjected to stricter standards, which means they must be aggressive when they need to protect their interests following DUI charges. The legal limit for those driving commercial motor vehicles is lower than it is for those driving standard automobiles. While the legal limit for those driving standard vehicles is 0.08%, the legal limit for those driving a commercial motor vehicle is 0.04%.
Therefore, strong legal arguments are needed to challenge allegations that one of these individuals was driving a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.04% or higher, was in possession of a controlled substance while driving a commercial vehicle or refused a breath test after being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving while driving a commercial motor vehicle. This is because these individuals may be disallowed from operating a commercial motor vehicle for up to one year if any of the foregoing are proven.
Of course, those who are accused of a subsequent offense involving a commercial vehicle can see even harsher penalties. If convicted of another alcohol or drug-related offense, these individuals may have their commercial vehicle license permanently revoked.
There is a lot at stake when an individual is accused of drunk driving. Those who fail to aggressively defend themselves can wind up facing serious penalties that can have a drastic effect on their lives. Fortunately, though, strong criminal defense options may be available to aggressively fight any charges drivers of commercial motor vehicles may be facing.