If convicted of OUI (also referred to as DUI) or other major traffic offense, those possessing a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in the state of Massachusetts are at risk of losing much more than the average person. If you have been charged with OUI and need legal assistance to protect your rights, Murphy & Rudolf, LLP can help.
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If you possess a CDL, your driving privileges are often directly related to your ability to get and maintain a job, support your family, and pay your bills. Your CDL can be suspended or revoked even if you were pulled over while driving your personal vehicle. When facing a charge as serious this, you need experienced legal representation to defend you in court. The Worcester criminal defense lawyers at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP can investigate the incident and work hard to keep any legal, professional & financial consequences to a minimum.
Depending on the circumstances, people possessing a CDL may face heavier penalties than those with just a personal license. If you were arrested in your commercial vehicle, there is an additional one-year CDL suspension. In addition, if you are convicted of a subsequent OUI, whether one or both OUI’s occurred in your personal vehicle, you will be banned for life from possessing a CDL in Massachusetts.
According to Massachusetts OUI law, it does not matter if you were driving your commercial vehicle or your own personal vehicle at the time of arrest. The laws remain the same although the consequences regarding your professional driver’s license are severe. The legal limit for Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) while operating a commercial vehicle is .04%, compared to the legal limit of .08% if operating a personal vehicle.
If convicted of an OUI in Massachusetts and your vehicle is placarded for hazardous materials, your CDL disqualification may jump to three years. Because of the severity of the consequences for CDL OUI convictions, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. At Murphy & Rudolf, LLP, our Worcester criminal defense lawyers can gather evidence and discuss your options every step of the way to seek a favorable outcome.
Call today at (508) 744-3038 to learn more about our services.