If you are a commercial driver in Kansas City, accusations of
driving under the influence (DUI) can be extremely damaging to your career. Both Missouri and Kansas have
a very low-tolerance for impaired driving for CDL holders.
If you have been arrested for DUI, stiff penalties can result, including:
- Minimum 1 year suspension of your CDL
- Points applied to your license
- Loss of employment
- Higher insurance rates
- Harsh fines
- Possible jail time
These penalties will vary based on your history and the severity of your
violation. If this is your
second DUI with CDL, your license will be disqualified indefinitely if convicted.
Drivers who are issued a CDL are expected to adhere to a higher safety
standard than other drivers. HAZMAT drivers in particular are held to
even tighter restrictions, being subjected to the most serious of penalties
out of all commercial drivers.
Under very strict circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for reinstatement
of your license after some time has passed. This will be examined at the
discretion of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and will likely come
with several caveats. Reinstatement fees will need to be paid, along with
the possibility of mandatory ignition interlock device usage.
For commercial drivers, DUI allegations are incredibly serious, requiring
the assistance of a skilled
criminal defense lawyer in order to be overcome in court. If you are a commercial driver
accused of a DUI in Kansas City, Attorney Steve Schanker can provide you
with top-notch representation. Having earned an AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®,
he is well equipped to tackle your charges and will make every effort
to preserve your livelihood.
Call (816) 607-8860 to speak with an experienced Kansas City DUI lawyer today.