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The impact of a DUI on your CDL

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2020 | motor vehicle accidents, traffic tickets

As a commercial driver, you had to go through extra steps to secure your driver’s license that allows you to drive commercial vehicles. You had to learn about safety and special road rules that apply to only larger vehicles. The reason for the intensity of qualifying for a commercial driver’s license is because you represent one of the biggest risks on the road. 

When an accident occurs involving a large truck, it is often devastating, and the people in the passenger car involved suffer the most. Plus, you are on the road a lot more than most other drivers, so the chances of you having an accident increase. It is essential that you drive safely and follow all road laws. This is why getting a DUI when you hold a CDL is such a serious offense. 

Major traffic violation 

When you hold a CDL and get a DUI, the Georgia General Assembly explains the law classifies it as a major traffic violation. You are subject to high penalties for such a crime. This includes the disqualification of your commercial driver’s license. Disqualification may mean a suspension, revocation or cancellation of your license. 

Possible sentences 

As with any offense, the court will always look at your past driving record when determining the penalty to hand down. The Georgia Department of Driver Services explains that a DUI for a CDL holder has serious consequences on your rights to continue holding your license. A first-time DUI will get you a one-year disqualification. This could mean a suspension, or the court could revoke or cancel your license. This means that after the one-year period, you would have to reapply and go through the whole process of securing your license again. 

If you have two or more DUIs, you will face a lifetime disqualification. This means that you can never hold a valid CDL again.