Fighting To Protect Your Livelihood
You have worked hard to get your commercial driver’s license (CDL). However, your career and livelihood are at risk if you find yourself charged with a DUI. When your future is at stake, you need help from an experienced lawyer who can help build a sound defense against DUI charges.
At Vergara & Favia Law, LTD, our attorneys bring more than 50 years of combined experience to criminal defense matters. We will do everything we can to minimize the harshest consequences if you have been charged with operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence.
DUI Charges Involving CDL Holders Are Serious
In Illinois, CDL holders are held to a higher standard than typical motorists. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for people driving commercial vehicles is .04, not .08 as it is for other motorists. The potential penalties are also more serious.
For example, if a person driving a personal vehicle refuses to submit to a Breathalyzer test, they face a one-year license suspension. If they submit to a test, the suspension period is cut in half to six months. If you are arrested for suspicion of DUI while driving a commercial vehicle, your CDL will be suspended for one year, whether you submit to a Breathalyzer or not. Furthermore, the suspension will affect both of your licenses, leaving you unable to drive on or off the job.
If you receive a second DUI conviction, whether on-the-job or not, your CDL will be revoked for life. The good news is you have rights and defenses are available. Our attorneys will thoroughly review the circumstances surrounding your arrest and explore all options to help you establish a strong defense against criminal charges.
When Your Future Is At Stake, Contact Us
We are dedicated to helping you protect your rights and your future. To schedule an initial consultation call us at 331-223-4529 or contact us online. With office locations in St. Charles and Wheaton, we are conveniently located to help suit your needs.