Commercial Driver DWI Attorneys in The Woodlands Protecting Your CDL License
Thousands of businesses and people rely on goods delivered by commercial trucks. Texas leads the nation in this occupation. There are nearly 200,000 commercial truck drivers in the state, and 73 percent of goods manufactured in Texas are transported by commercial trucks, according to thetrucker.com.
Commercial truck drivers must possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and adhere to stringent rules. One easy way to break the rules and pay the price is getting caught while driving impaired (DWI).
One of the leading causes of losing CDL privileges is a DWI allegation—and no conviction is necessary, unlike traditional DWIs. A DWI charge could impact you, your livelihood, and your family. Contact Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, to assist in your DWI case: 713-766-3733.
What are DWI Penalties for Commercial Drivers?
Commercial drivers must not drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .04 percent or higher while operating a commercial vehicle. This rule is enforced by the State of Texas and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
First-time DWI offenders with a CDL license could be found guilty of a class B misdemeanor, resulting in three days of confinement, possible jail time of up to 180 days, and fines of up to $2,000. In addition to jail time and severe penalties, license suspension and CDL disqualification for up to a year could impact your commercial trucking job.
Commercial truckers might have a lapse in judgment or be falsely accused of drinking while operating a commercial vehicle. Take a chance on a good Texas DWI lawyer to beat your DWI conviction.
Will I Lose My CDL?
It’s typical for commercial drivers to lose their CDL license for one year after a DWI offense. A second DWI conviction will force you to lose your license for life. Having a DWI on your record is often seen as a liability. If you get into an accident in the future, other attorneys could accuse the trucking company of negligence in hiring a driver with a poor driving record. When you get our attorneys involved, we work to prevent license suspension and fight for an alternative, especially with your first offense.
In any event, Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, and our experienced DWI lawyers can also present alternative options, such as a restricted CDL license or other commercial vehicles you might be eligible to operate.
What are Common Injuries in Commercial DWI Incidents?
There are approximately 3.5 million commercial truck drivers in the United States. Although numerous safety measures are in place regarding commercial trucking, studies show an unsafe and frequent use of legal and illegal mind-altering substances on the road, from alcohol to marijuana to amphetamines and cocaine.
Consider that tractor-trailers weigh up to 80,000 pounds while traditional vehicles weigh less than 4,000 pounds. Add drugs and alcohol to the mix, and commercial vehicle accidents can be catastrophic. More commercial truck accidents end in fatalities than serious bodily injury.
Common commercial truck injuries include broken or fractured bones, severe contusions, lacerations, sprained muscles, disfigurement, concussions, whiplash, spinal cord injuries, and death. Contact our attorneys immediately if you caused an accident due to impaired driving.
Can I Get out of a Commercial DWI with a Lawyer’s Help?
A commercial DWI puts your trucking job at risk. The decision to drive impaired has a lasting impact on your record and ability to keep your CDL license. Repeated commercial DWI offenses result in disqualification forever.
We help commercial truck drivers resolve their cases with first-time DWI offenses and repeat offenses. Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, and our commercial DWI lawyers build a credible defense to prevent license revocation and work toward reduced fines or dismissed charges.
Commercial truck drivers also rely on us to navigate CDL suspension or assistance with alternative options that might get them back on the road.
We protect your rights and help you rebuild your reputation to maintain your livelihood. Protect your career and freedom with our firm by your side. Schedule your consultation to get started: 713-766-3733.