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What is the legal limit for commercial drivers?

In the state of North Carolina, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater. This would apply to all drivers who are 21 or older, as well as off-duty commercial drivers. For those who possess a commercial driver's license (CDL), however, their BAC cannot exceed 0.04% while they are in direct control of a commercial vehicle.

Considering the fact that this is about half of the standard legal limit, it does not necessarily need to be proven that the CDL holder was impaired by the effects of alcohol at the time of their arrest in order to charge them with DWI / DUI. Rather, it must only be shown that they had operated a commercial vehicle with an unlawful BAC.

To fight your case, call our Raleigh DUI attorney at (919) 876-3300!

Examining the Penalties for Commercial DWI / DUI

Since commercial drivers rely on their ability to drive as a means to make money, it can be particularly devastating for such drivers to be charged with commercial DWI / DUI in North Carolina. In addition to the regularly imposed penalties for driving while intoxicated, a CDL holder could also face the loss of their license for a certain period of time. For this reason, Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC encourages you to contact our firm if you have been charged with a similar crime.

In doing so, you may be able to successfully avoid the following legal penalties.

First Commercial DWI / DUI

  • CDL disqualification for 1 year
  • No mandatory jail time required

Second Commercial DWI / DUI

  • CDL disqualification for life (reinstatement after 10 years)
  • 7 days in jail – minimum sentence

Third Commercial DWI / DUI

  • CDL disqualification for life (no possibility of reinstatement)
  • 14 to 30 days in jail – minimum sentence

Fight a DWI / DUI Conviction with the Help of Our Firm

If you or someone you love has been charged with commercial DWI / DUI, it is imperative that you move quickly to secure a competent defense. Fortunately, when you retain the help of a Raleigh criminal defense lawyer from Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC, you can rest assured that this is exactly what you will get. Our firm has been serving the residents of North Carolina since 1994, which means that we are well-qualified to handle even the most contentious of criminal cases.

Learn more about how our firm can help by calling today at (919) 876-3300.

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