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CDL DUI

Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL) and DUI Laws
Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is a criminal act no matter where you live, but when your career or job requires driving, drinking and driving is not only criminal, it may also cost you your job.

While DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) laws differ from state to state, they are all basically the same in that DUI/DWI are considered serious offenses that are punishable by suspension and/or revocation of your driver's license, fines, and jail time. The consequences of drinking and driving become much more severe with every offense, and repeat offenders may find themselves behind bars for a very long time. An experienced criminal defense attorney with experience in DUI/DWI cases may be able to get your charges reduced and help you to avoid jail time.

If you have received a DUI in Mississippi, please contact the Law Offices of Mel Coxwell today to find out what your legal rights are and best to proceed with your case.

Holders of CDLs may find themselves in ever more serious trouble than people who do not drive for a living:

CDL Holders Face Serious Consequences for DUI

Drivers holding a CDL are subjected to enhanced penalties for DUI-related charges.

  • The blood alcohol content limit for a CDL driver while operating a commercial vehicle is .04.
  • A DUI first conviction, while operating either a commercial vehicle or a non-commercial vehicle, will result in a one year license suspension.
  • A refusal to take a breath test, while operating either a commercial vehicle or a non-commercial vehicle, will result in a one year license suspension.
  • A DUI second conviction, while operating a commercial vehicle or a non-commercial vehicle, will result in a life-time suspension of your driver's license.
  • A second refusal to take a breath test, while operating either a commercial or a non-commercial vehicle, will result in a life-time suspension.
  • Federal Regulations currently prohibit the reduction of the suspension period of DUI-related offenses by CDL drivers for any reason.

If you hold a CDL and are arrested for DUI, your career and ability to support you family is in jeopardy. Please contact the Law Offices of Mel Coxwell today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss the details of your case. We serve clients in Brandon, Jackson and all over Central Mississippi.