Penalties for a Commercial DUI

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.