Commercial truck drivers are hardworking people. Most of them are extremely professional and keep a pristine driving record. Just like all of us, they are human beings and can mistakes. Unfortunately, a mistake for them is treated much harsher than a mistake for an average driver.
When a CDL holder gets a DUI, even if it is in their personal vehicle, and if they are convicted or take an ARD disposition, their CDL is disqualified for one year even if there is no license suspension for the DUI itself. Unlike other drivers who can use alternative methods to get to and from work, driving is their career and they are typically left jobless for a year. They can’t earn a living, can’t pay their bills, and can’t support their families.
The ordeal doesn’t end their. Even after the one-year disqualification is served, they have a hard time finding meaningful work. That is, because of liability reasons and competition, many trucking companies will not hire a driver who has even an expunged DUI on hos or her record. For a commercial driver, a DUI can be a career killer.
Think about someone who has been driving for 20 years. If that person loses his or her career what will he or she do? It isn’t easy to find a new career after that much time. A long time out of work can lead to severe financial troubles like bankruptcy. Things can quickly spiral out of control.
If you are a CDL driver and have been charged with a DUI, stop and think about what all of this could mean to you. Do the right thing and get professional legal help immediately. At The McShane Firm, we have defended many CDL drivers and know what needs to be done to protect you and your family. Many have trusted us. You will too.
Call 1-866-McShane for a free case consultation.