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Have You Been Charged with Commercial DUI in Florida?

In Florida, as in many other jurisdictions, the laws and penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) are stricter for commercial driver's license (CDL) holders compared to non-commercial drivers. A CDL is required for individuals who operate vehicles such as large trucks, buses, and other commercial vehicles.

Being charged with DUI can be a frightening and stressful experience. You may be facing a variety of penalties, including steep fines, license suspension, and even jail time. You may also be facing the loss of your reputation and the damage of your reputation in the community.

If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to contact our Panama City commercial DUI lawyer from Seaton Law Offices, P.A. as soon as possible.

Commercial DUI Laws & Penalties in Florida

The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for CDL holders in Florida is generally lower than that for non-commercial drivers. While non-commercial drivers are subject to a BAC limit of 0.08%, CDL holders can be charged with a DUI if their BAC is 0.04% or higher.

Not only is a first-time offense punishable by a maximum jail term of 6 months and a fine of up to $1,000, but can also result in a mandatory minimum of 12 months' disqualification of the CDL. However, if a commercial driver was transporting hazardous materials when arrested, a conviction can lead to a mandatory minimum of 36 months' disqualification of the CDL. A second or subsequent conviction carries lifetime CDL disqualification.

Additionally, it's crucial for CDL holders to understand that refusing to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test when requested by a law enforcement officer can result in an automatic disqualification of their CDL for a period of one year for the first offense or a permanent disqualification for subsequent offenses.

Given the severity of the penalties and the potential impact on one's livelihood as a CDL holder, it's crucial for commercial drivers to understand and comply with the DUI laws in Florida, as well as to avoid operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Contact Our Panama City Commercial DUI Attorney Today

After being charged with commercial DUI, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. You may be worried about the consequences of a conviction and the impact that a DUI can have on your career and family. Reach out to Seaton Law Offices, P.A., and let us help protect your rights and future inside and outside the courtroom.

Call (850) 972-2524today to schedule your consultation with a Panama City commercial DUI lawyer.

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