A prior DUI doesn’t absolutely exclude you from obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL), but it certainly affects your application.
If you already have a CDL and are arrested for a DUI, you might lose your license for a year for a first offense and for the rest of your life for a second.
Many CDL drivers are unaware that this also applies to your own cars while you’re not working. PennDot often treats them as lifetime DUIs.
Let’s imagine you got a DUI 10 years ago but never previously had a commercial driver’s license. Ten more years pass, and you get another DUI. Even though the first DUI occurred before you had a CDL, PennDot has argued that two DUIs equal a lifelong CDL ban.
Consult a DUI lawyer if you get a DUI and are applying for a CDL or if you already have a CDL and get a DUI. Your CDL is your source of income, so you must do all you can to protect it.
Please contact Bononi & Company at 724-832-2499 if you have any concerns about the subject covered in this article or any other criminal law case.