There are numerous commercial vehicles on the road all across the country. When a person wants to operate a large vehicle such as a bus or tractor-trailer truck, they must obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). These are massive vehicles that can cause catastrophic events if they are not operated correctly. It is because of this that there are certain rules CDL drivers are required to follow to ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road. This includes not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If a commercial driver is found under the influence while driving, they can be charged with a DUI.
In the state of Georgia, it is illegal for anyone to drive under the influence. A person can be charged with a DUI if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over the legal limit of 0.08%. However, it is important to know that Georgia law imposes a lower limit for commercial drivers. If a commercial driver within state lines has a BAC of 0.04% or more, they can be charged with a DUI.
In order to determine a driver’s BAC, law enforcement officers often administer either a blood, breath, or urine test. Often times, people wonder if they can refuse these tests to avoid charges. However, by driving on state roads, drivers have consented to take a chemical test. If a person denies a test, they can face certain ramifications for doing so. The law states:
If a person is convicted of a commercial DUI, they can face criminal penalties. For an individual’s first charge, it is usually a misdemeanor. This can result in the following consequences:
It is important to know that penalties for commercial DUI charges can worsen with each subsequent conviction. While a second conviction is still a misdemeanor, a third conviction is a high or aggravated misdemeanor and a fourth conviction is considered a felony.
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