In order for a person to drive a commercial vehicle such as a bus or tractor-trailer, they are required to have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Just like all other vehicles on the road, these drivers are required to follow the rules of the road. Otherwise, they can be subject to severe consequences. This includes not operating the vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If this law is violated, the driver can be charged with a DUI. If you have been charged with a Commercial DUI, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney for assistance with your case.
Commercial DUI Consequences
It is illegal for anyone in the state of Georgia to drive while they are under the influence. Generally speaking, drivers can be charged if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over the legal limit of 0.08%. However, commercial drivers have a much lower limit. In fact, they can be charged for having a BAC of 0.04% or more. If convicted, the individual may be subject to criminal penalties as a result. Most first time offenders receive a misdemeanor charge, resulting in the following:
- Fines between $300 and $1000
- A minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 12 months in prison. More commonly, the individual may face 1 to 10 days behind bars.
- A total of 40 hours of community service
- Participation in a DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program within 210 days of the conviction or 90 days after leaving jail
- Clinical evaluation and treatment
- Probation up to 12 months
In the event of a second or subsequent conviction, the consequences an individual may face can worsen significantly. The second conviction may still be a misdemeanor, but a third can be considered a high or aggravated misdemeanor. A driver’s fourth conviction usually results in a felony charge.
DUI Defenses in Georgia
When a person is facing DUI charges, it is crucial that they contact a skilled attorney to help. This is because there may be several different defenses available for their case. If certain circumstances occurred at the stop, it may invalidate the evidence found from it. This may be in the event of an illegal stop, the failure to issue Miranda warnings, and improperly administered field sobriety tests.
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