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DWI Defense Information
Carl David Ceder
214.702.CARL (2275) or 469-2000-DWI
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Privileges after a DWI arrest
If you have been arrested for a DWI, you might face the suspension of your regular driver’s license, pay fines and may possibly face a jail sentence if you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Your CDL will also be suspended regardless of whether it is your first or a repeat DWI conviction in order to comply with the federal Motor Carrier Improvement Act.
At the time of your DWI arrest, your CDL can be suspended for a minimum of one year whether or not you were driving a commercial or non-commercial vehicle. This is why you need to have a Dallas DWI Attorney representing you.
The Loss of Your CDL after a DWI / DUI Conviction
If driving a commercial vehicle, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 or higher is considered over the legal alcohol limit. Even if you didn’t drink much and feel okay to drive, if you are over the legal limit, you can be arrested for a DWI. You can lose your CDL permanently if convicted as a repeat DWI offender. After 10-years of having a CDL revoked, you can apply for its reinstatement.
The Texas Commercial Driver’s License Act is when a commercial vehicle driver is considered to have consented to a blood or alcohol test is considered to have should a law enforcement officer have probable cause to test the driver. If the driver refuses to submit to a blood or breath test, their driving privileges will be automatically suspended for at least 24 hours, and the driving rights will be revoked for at least one year.
Challenging a Drunk Driving Charge
You have 15 days to schedule an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing after a DWI arrest. The purpose of an ALR hearing is to determine whether or not your driver’s license and/or your CDL should be suspended or not. During the ALR hearing, the arresting officer is put under oath for questioning. Having a Dallas DWI Attorney present will help raise important issues that suggest whether or not proper procedures were followed or not at the time of the arrest.
Your attorney may question whether or not the officer had reasonable suspicion to pull you over. May also questions if the field sobriety test was administered correctly? If given a breath test, was the Intoxilyzer or Breathalyzer machine calibrated properly? If given a blood test, was it collected according to proper protocols?
No matter what the charge is or what is the circumstance, Dallas DWI Attorney at the Law Offices of Carl David Ceder will fight for you and fight for your rights until the end of your case. Give us a call to help you through the difficult MIP legal process. Contact a Dallas DWI Attorney from the Law Offices of Carl David Ceder Visit: www.texasdwidefender.com or Call: 214.702.CARL (2275) or 972.996.1975