Protecting Your Livelihood After A Commercial DUI
Commercial drivers such as bus drivers and tractor-trailer drivers are held to a much higher standard concerning the legal limit for driving while under the influence. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established higher standards for commercial drivers due to the risk they pose to public safety and their employer if they are involved in an alcohol-related accident.
Who is considered a commercial driver?
- Church drivers
- Anyone leasing a commercial motor vehicle
- Anyone assigning drivers to operate motor vehicles
- Federal, state and local government drivers
- Those providing transport for disabled veterans, scouts or other civic organizations
Legal BAC Limit For Commercial Drivers Is .04 Percent
Commercial drivers are allowed to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .04 percent, which is half the legal limit. Depending on your gender, height and weight, you could have one to two beers or glasses of wine with dinner and be considered too impaired to drive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also established another rule that prohibits commercial drivers from driving if they have consumed alcohol in the past four hours.
Penalties For Commercial DUI
The penalties for commercial DUI are harsher than the penalties for a regular DUI. Commercial drivers drinking on the job pose a huge safety concern to themselves and others on the road. If you are convicted of a commercial DUI, you could face the below penalties.
- License suspension or revocation
- Significant fees to reinstate your license
- Points on your license
- Job loss
- Insurance rate increases
- Jail time
- Heavy fines
We Can Help You Fight Your Commercial DUI
If charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol as a commercial driver, it is imperative that you consider retaining an experienced Lincoln DUI lawyer. At Monzón, Guerra & Chipman, we can thoroughly investigate your case to ensure that you have adequate representation and justice prevails.
Work with one of our results-driven, courtroom-experienced attorneys by reaching out at or sending an email. We offer free initial case evaluations to criminal defense clients.