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What you need to know about DUIs and CDLs

If you drive a truck commercially, you already know that your license is your livelihood. Without it, you cannot work but a DUI arrest could be a threat to both your license and your job. Penalties range from state to state and can be as severe as a lifetime revocation of your CDL.

These are a few things you should know about DUIs if you are a commercial trucker in the greater Indianapolis area.

You consent to alcohol testing

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, if you hold a CDL, your consent to alcohol testing is presumed. This means that if law enforcement or a state official requests any such testing, your CDL licensure serves as your consent. Whether or not the results show you to be under the influence of alcohol, you must comply with whatever request the officer or official makes.

You can lose your license because of a DUI

Needless to say, a DUI arrest will have consequences and a conviction will have even greater ramifications on your life. Whether it is your first DUI or third, you can be facing a suspension or permanent revocation because of a DUI.

You may lose your job because of a DUI

When law enforcement officers arrest you for a DUI, you have a right to a fair trial. Some employers might terminate your position on the basis of arrest alone. A conviction will almost certainly impact your employment, but any incident at all is likely to result in an uncomfortable talk with your boss, even if you are not guilty. If you value your job and CDL, you should fight for your rights.

If you are a CDL trucker who recently received a DUI, you might be wondering what your legal options are. Contact an attorney for more information.

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