Under Missouri law, operators of commercial motor vehicles have heightened standards with which they must comply when it comes to drinking and driving. While drivers of passenger vehicles commit DWI when they drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more, drivers of commercial motor vehicles commit DWI when they drive with a BAC of 0.04% or more. Even if they are driving a passenger vehicle at the time of the DWI offense, these drivers still are subject to the lower BAC standard.
Drivers of commercial motor vehicles who are convicted of DWI will receive two points on their Missouri driver record and will be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year. Again, even if the drivers were operating passenger vehicles at the time of their DWI, they still will be subject to a one-year disqualification from driving commercial motor vehicles.
As a commercial driver license (CDL) holder, you also are subject to a one-year disqualification for operating a motor vehicle if you refuse to take a breath test to measure your BAC during a traffic stop. Even if you are operating a passenger vehicle at the time of the test refusal, you still will be disqualified from utilizing your CDL for one year.
For a second DWI conviction, drivers holding CDLs may be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life. Additionally, in any DWI cases involving CDL holders, suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) is not an available remedy. This means that a DWI conviction always be visible on your driving record.
For CDL holders, then, the repercussions of a DWI conviction can be more severe. Without a CDL license, you may be unable to keep your job or continue working in your field. These circumstances can leave you without a means of paying your bills or supporting your family. At Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center, we offer you client-focused representation and unrelenting protection of your rights throughout your criminal proceedings. When you need help that only an experienced criminal defense attorney can offer you, contact Benjamin Law Firm, LLC, at (816) 322-8008 or fill out the online information form located here.