I Have a CDL. How Long Will it be Suspended After a DUI?

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If you have a CDL, losing your license can mean losing your livelihood!

 

If you have a Michigan commercial driver’s license (CDL) and you use it for work, then you know that losing your CDL would be devastating. You would lose your livelihood, your ability to find stable work in a field where you’re experienced, and have no way to support yourself and your family. Which is why getting charged and convicted of drunk driving can be such a big deal when you have a CDL in Michigan.

 

Are the drunk driving limits the same for people with a CDL?

 

In Michigan, anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than .08% is considered drunk. However, this rule doesn’t apply to CDL drivers. Under Michigan law, anyone caught driving a commercial vehicle, with a BAC of only .04%, will lose their CDL. SO there’s considerably less lenience when you’re driving under a commercial license.

 

If I get a DUI in my car will they suspend my CDL?

 

In a word, yes! If you are convicted of any kind of drunk or drugged driving offense, whether it’s an OWI, meaning Operating While Intoxicated, or an OWVI, meaning Operating While Visibly Impaired, your CDL in Michigan will also be suspended. Even if the DUI conviction had nothing to do with work and you were just driving with your regular license at the time, your CDL will still be suspended for a minimum of 1 year. This is completely non-negotiable, and there’s nothing you can do to avoid it, short of avoiding the initial conviction.

 

What happens if I get convicted of drunk driving in Michigan?

 

The first time you’re convicted of drunk driving, your CDL will be suspended for 1 year. The second time you’re convicted of a DUI, your CDL will be taken away for life. Yes, you read that right – for life! And the same time periods apply if your conviction was for drugged driving, and for refusing to take a breath test under  the implied consent laws.

 

Are there other crimes that could jeopardize my CDL?

 

There are other violations that could result in you losing your CDL for a year the first time, and for life after a second violation. These include:

 

  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident;
  • Using the vehicle to commit a felony (excluding a felony involving controlled substances);
  • Driving a CMV when your CDL was revoked or suspended for prior CMV violations;
  • Causing a fatality through the negligent operation of a CMV.

 

Hiring a skilled DUI defense attorney can make all the difference to your future!

 

A drunk driving conviction can permanently alter your career. Police and prosecutors make every effort to convict defendants they believe are guilty, but we’ll work even harder to craft the best defense we can for your case. You deserve great legal protection, from proven DUI defense lawyers. So call us today to set an appointment at 866 766 5245 (866 7-No Jail). We are here to help you. Our drunk driving defense team has been fighting for CDL holders in the lower peninsula of Michigan since the last century.

 

 

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I Think The Cop Used a Broken Breathalyzer On Me!

Michigan cops use a “PBT” machine roadside, and a DataMaster back at the jail to test your BAC.

 

Before we even start, we want to clear up one common misunderstanding that many people in Michigan have, and it’s this: Michigan cops don’t use Breathalyzers! Just like people say “Hoover” for a vacuum, regardless of the brand, and “Kleenex” even when it’s a tissue made by a completely different company, the term “Breathalyzer” is widely used to refer to any machine a cop uses to test a person’s breath for traces of alcohol. However, that’s not really accurate here in Michigan. Why? Because here in the Great Lakes state, all the cops use a DataMaster machine.

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Alcohol and risky behaviors: WHY driving drunk is so dangerous (Part 2)

Alcohol affects your body and brain in many ways. And that affects your ability to drive safely.

 

Welcome back and thanks for joining The Kronzek Firm for this discussion about the ways alcohol affects you, and why exactly it’s so dangerous. Alcohol affects almost every part of your body and brain when you’re drinking. It changes the way you perceive and respond to stimuli, and shuts down all sorts of necessary functions in your mind, which has a huge impact on how you drive.

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Alcohol and risky behaviors: WHY driving drunk is so dangerous (Pt 1)

Alcohol affects your body and brain in many ways. And that affects your ability to drive safely.

 

If someone were to ask you right now why drunk driving was so dangerous, what would you say? Would you say it’s because drunk drivers don’t pay attention, and so they drive into oncoming traffic and cause terrible crashes? Or would you say it’s because drunk drivers often black out behind the wheel, which causes them to crash into trees, ditches, and other people?

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Drunk Driving And Seat Belts: Myths Versus Fact

Driving sober is only part of the deal – using your seat belt is equally important!

 

When the police conduct periods of increased enforcement for drunk driving, they often also focus on seat belt enforcement as well. Why? Because while it’s important for everyone’s safety to have fewer drunk drivers on the road, making sure that everyone is using their seatbelt in accordance with the law is equally important. However, despite the efforts made by law enforcement to increase awareness, there are still many myths and misunderstandings surrounding both drunk driving and seat belt use.

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I Just Got Arrested For my First DUI! Am I Going to Jail?

Been arrested for your first DUI? Here’s what you can expect…

 

If you just got arrested for drunk driving in Michigan for the first time, then you’re probably terrified! And who could blame you – being arrested is scary. Especially if this is your first time. Many people who’ve never dealt with the police before, and have never even been handcuffed before, encounter the police for the first time due to drunk driving. It’s a very frightening experience, and part of that is not knowing what happens next. People who’ve been arrested before know what to expect, so the process isn’t nearly as scary for them. But for first-timers it can be horrifying.

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Arrested For Drunk Driving in Michigan? You’re in Star-Studded Company!

 

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, you might feel a bit embarrassed (which is a legitimate response.) But believe it or not, you’re in good company! There are LOADS of celebrities who’ve been arrested for DUIs over the years, both here in Michigan and all over the country. So while it certainly isn’t something we would ever recommend, it’s good to know that you’re not alone in making mistakes. Even the rich and famous screw up sometimes too.

 

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Are Drunk Drivers to Blame For Most of Michigan’s Traffic Fatalities?

Traffic fatalities are tragic, but they aren’t all caused by drunk drivers!

 

Drunk drivers are blamed for a lot of the tragedies on the road today. And to some degree, that’s fair. After all, drunk driving is the cause of a great many deaths every year in the Great Lakes State. However, the truth of the matter is that drunk drivers aren’t the only cause of Michigan’s road and highway death toll. And while we’re on the subject, there’s actually a lot about drunk driving and traffic crashes in Michigan that people don’t know. So here are a few facts that may surprise you. You’re welcome.

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Michigan’s ‘Implied Consent’ Law – Yes, You Have to Submit to a BAC Test! (Part 2)

Being arrested for drunk driving means that you WILL have your BAC tested!

 

Welcome back and thanks for joining us at The Kronzek Firm again. We’ve been talking about implied consent in Michigan, and what it means when you get pulled over by the police for drunk driving. As we explained in the previous article, if you’re driving on a road in Michigan, it means you’ve already consented to a BAC test. The BAC test is the test that determines how much alcohol you have in your system. That’s the key factor when the prosecutor decides whether or not to charge you with drunk driving in violation of Michigan’s law.

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Michigan’s ‘Implied Consent’ Law – Yes, You Have to Submit to a BAC Test! (Part 1)

If you get pulled over for a DUI you will have to submit to a BAC test.

 

Have you ever heard of implied consent? Nope, we’re not talking about consent to sex, or anything like that here. This type of consent has nothing to do with your date this past weekend (unless of course you drank too much on your date, and got pulled over on your way home!)

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