Commercial DUI Lawyer
Serving Clients in Virginia Beach & Surrounding Areas
When it comes to impaired driving, bus drivers, truck drivers, and other professionals with a commercial driver's license, are held to stricter standards than non-commercial drivers. This is because the stakes are significantly higher for commercial drivers than they are for the average automobile driver. When a commercial driver performs their job duties under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they pose a serious threat to the safety of the public. They also become a serious liability for their employer as well. If you are facing these serious charges, it is important to have an experienced and aggressive Virginia Beach criminal attorney by your side!
Commercial Drivers Subject to FMCSA
The following drivers are held to regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
- Anyone who owns or leases commercial motor vehicles
- Anyone who assigns drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles
- For-hire motor carriers
- Private motor carriers
FMCSA Blood-Alcohol Limits
According to FMCSA regulations, a commercial driver cannot have a blood-alcohol content that exceeds 0.04. This limit is actually half the BAC limit for non-commercial drivers. FMCSA regulations also stipulate that commercial drivers can’t operate a vehicle for 4 hours after consuming alcohol.
Commercial DUI Penalties
A commercial DUI charge can substantially impact your employment prospects. Not only will your insurance rates go up, you might also find it difficult to find work. Other consequences of a commercial DUI include:
- Suspension of commercial driver's license for 1 year
- Suspension of noncommercial driving privileges
- Ignition Interlock Device installed in your vehicle
- Mandatory attendance of alcohol education classes
- Probation & community service
We Can Defend Your Rights
Our law firm offers services that include:
- Trial preparation
- Driver’s license suspension defense
- Negotiating reduced or dismissed charges
- Commercial driver’s license reinstatement
- Vehicular homicide defense
If you or someone you love has been arrested for a DUI, you should immediately consult with an attorney. At George Holton Yates, Attorneys At Law, P.C., we have represented numerous commercial drivers in DUI cases. Our team has the skills and experience that you will need to successfully fight these charges.
Call (757) 785-0201, or contact our Virginia Beach commercial DUI lawyer to start your free consultation today.