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Commercial Drivers License DUI

Boise CDL DUI Lawyers

Facing a DUI charge is extremely serious, no matter the circumstances. Everyone in this situation faces the possibility of heavy fines, jail time, the loss of a driver’s license, canceled car insurance, and more. Those who have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) face one more threat—the suspension or loss of their CDL and the removal of their ability to make a living. They need strong legal representation that will work diligently to reduce the negative consequences—or find a way to earn outright acquittal of the DUI charge. 

We have CDL DUI lawyers in our Boise office with experience dating back to 2005. Call (208) 415-9943 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.

DUI Law for CDL Drivers

Not only are the potential DUI consequences more serious for CDL holders more serious, but the laws themselves are stricter. The standard blood-alcohol content (BAC) level in DUI cases is 0.08%. This means that when a driver is found with BAC levels of that threshold or higher, they can be charged with DUI. 

However, the standard is higher for those operating a commercial vehicle—the BAC threshold is lowered to 0.04%. It takes very little in the way of alcohol consumption to reach that point. 

Furthermore, while a driver can technically refuse to take a breathalyzer test, there is little incentive to do so. Idaho law says that applying for, and receiving the license, amounts to consent to a breathalyzer test if a police officer with probable cause requests it. A CDL holder that refuses the test will have their operator’s license suspended on that basis alone, even apart from the test results. 

DUI Penalties for CDL Holders

The law is straightforward. For a first offense, the CDL license will be suspended for a year. A second DUI offense means the loss of the CDL for life. 

Our office can work with drivers to get their CDL back after a first offense. The process simply involves paying a reinstatement fee and providing evidence that fines and any other requirements (i.e., mandatory testing) have been fulfilled. 

It also bears noting that the “permanent” CDL suspension following a second offense has exceptions. A driver who waits for 10 years can apply for reinstatement under certain conditions. 

The requirements for getting an otherwise permanent suspension lifted include the following, per Idaho law

  • The original suspension must have taken place in the state of Idaho
  • They must have their standard Class D driver’s license reinstated for at least three years
  • They cannot have served jail time, and there can be convictions of any kind for drug or alcohol-related offenses
  • They must show proof of completing an alcohol or drug rehab program 
  • They must have a clean driving record for that same period
  • They must complete defensive driving courses mandated by the state

If these conditions are met, a CDL holder can get a third chance. 

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    "Highly recommend."
    Several years ago, I had a DUI. People make mistakes and Aaron and his team were there to help me out in a pinch! Everyone was very friendly, empathetic and made me feel secure when I thought life was over. I never had any questions as I was always in the know regarding my case along with procedures. I highly recommend Aaron and his firm.
    - Keri A.
    "Very kind, very helpful."
    Would highly recommend, I had a very complicated series of issues and was able to get clear and concise direction on a recommended way to proceed. Very kind, very helpful.
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    Erik O’Daniel and Trilogy Law Group were amazing!!! I really enjoyed working with them. They made a really stressful and difficult time easier with such professionalism and kindness. I would recommend to anyone needing help!
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    "Knowledgeable and honest."
    Eric Baldwin has been my lawyer for many years he is always there to help me. Very knowledgeable and honest.
    - Anna S.
    "Definitely recommend!"
    Aaron answered my phone call immediately, was an attentive listener, and was very helpful in answering my questions I had. Definitely recommend!
    - Jackie K.
    "He helped me above and beyond my wildest expectations."
    Erik O'Daniel represented me and helped me above and beyond my wildest expectations and continued to help me through the entire process when I had questions or if I was frustrated and needed to vent.
    - Sam J.

Helping People Get Back on Their Feet

Everyone makes mistakes, but our mistakes don’t define us, and they shouldn’t have to mean the end of our lives. Our Boise CDL DUI attorneys are here to help drivers defend themselves against charges and work towards getting their licenses back. 

Call  (208) 415-9943 today. We answer our phone 24/7.

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