Denver Commercial Driver DUI Attorney

Are you a commercial driver and accused of DUI?

It is a very serious offense if you are a commercial driver and receive a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or DWAI conviction in Colorado. The law is very strict concerning these drivers, much more so than the laws covering a driver of an automobile. The reason behind the very strict legislation is because of the horrendous damages a commercial vehicle can cause if it is involved in an accident.

The sheer size of the vehicle alone increases the force behind an impact, and injuries, damages, and even death are more likely to occur. If the accident was the result of the commercial driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the law will come down hard on him or her. If you are arrested as a commercial driver for DUI, you need to immediately contact a skilled DUI lawyer in Denver to defend you. An aggressive DUI defense can mean not losing your license and staying out of jail.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol - Commercial Drivers

Driving under the influence of alcohol isn't the only crime. Commercial drivers are quite often pressured to meet deadlines for delivering goods, which leads to driving periods that go beyond the normal person's ability to stay awake for many hours while behind the wheel. As a result, drivers will often resort to taking various kinds of stimulants, including legal, over-the-counter products. You could be charged with driving under the influence of drugs if stopped by law enforcement. It does not matter that the drug is legal, over-the-counter or even prescribed by a medical doctor.

In Colorado, the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% for regular drivers. The BAC level is reduced for commercial drivers to 0.4%. You could be charged with DUI even while driving your own automobile and your BAC registers at or over 0.4%. This adds a significant risk to commercial drivers who may not be intoxicated but register at .04% or above while operating any vehicle.

As a commercial driver, if your BAC has been registered at 0.17% or higher, an ignition interlock device could be installed on your vehicle. You cannot get your commercial driver's license reinstated until you have completed the required program involving the ignition interlock device. You will be forced to pay all costs, which are significant.

Penalties for Commercial Driver DUI

There are heavy penalties imposed upon commercial drivers who are accused of operating any vehicle while over the legal limit.

Some of the penalties that could be levied against you include:

  • Mandatory minimum jail time
  • First time offense - 1 year suspension of your commercial license
  • Second time offense - permanent revocation of your commercial license
  • A commercial driver must be retested before being able to legally drive again if his license was revoked or suspended for more than one year. If it was suspended for less than one year, the driver can be automatically reinstated.

Building a Strong Defense Against Your Commercial DUI

There are a number of different factors to take into consideration when defending a commercial DUI case. They could include challenging what the police officer's "reasonable suspicion" was for pulling you over in the first place. Another possibility is examining how the field sobriety tests or breath tests were administered. Sometimes the equipment is faulty or the tests are improperly administered. There could be errors in analyzing the blood/breath tests as well. If there was fault with any of these points, your case could be dismissed.

If you have been arrested for DUI as a commercial driver, you need to contact a Denver DUI lawyer immediately. At the Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna, Mr. Cessna is well acquainted with the complexities of DUI cases and has had numerous successes in litigating DUI charges as well as having charges dismissed prior to any trial. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty.

Contact us to see how we can help you.