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Information on DUIs and Traffic Violations for Commercial Drivers in Florida

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

November 10, 2015

Obtaining a driver’s license is something nearly every person does when they become of age. On the other hand, much fewer people acquire their right to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).

Earning a driver’s license for and learning how to drive a CMV can be a difficult process. These vehicles are much larger than average passenger vehicles and require a higher degree of experience, skills, and physical abilities.

To obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), a person much complete skills and knowledge tests, which determine whether that person is fit to drive these large vehicles.

Drivers who hold a CDL are held to a high standard of care when operating such vehicles. This means that if CDL holders commit serious traffic violation or a crime such as driving under the influence (DUI), they can lose their abilities to hold CDL certifications. Most of the time, driving laws are much stricter for CDL holders.

Alcohol-Related Convictions for Commercial Drivers

Below are some driving laws that commercial drivers must follow:

  • For commercial drivers, blood alcohol levels cannot be equal to or in excess of .04
  • The driver cannot operate a motor vehicle while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
  • The driver cannot refuse to submit to a test to determine their alcohol concentration when driving a commercial motor vehicle
  • The driver cannot operate a commercial motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled substance

Accused of a Traffic Violation? Call Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

If you have been arrested or accused of a traffic violation or DUI, it is crucial you seek experienced legal representation right away. Your job, rights, future, and freedom may be at stake. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyers understand the various intricacies of Florida laws and can put a relentless team on your side of the courtroom. Our team is passionate about protecting the rights of our clients and can do everything in our power to help you recover a positive outcome.

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