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A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a special classification of driver’s license that allows you to operate large vehicles like tractor trailers, straight trucks, and buses. A DWI conviction can impact your ability to work. This is why it is so very important to protect your CDL with a DWI defense in St. Louis.
A CDL identifies the driver as a professional. It means you have the skills and knowledge to safely operate a commercial vehicle and, with additional endorsements, can safely transport everything from school children to hazardous materials. As a professional, you are held to a higher standard than other drivers on the road.
The State of Missouri handles a DWI under two sections of the law: criminal and administration. The Missouri Department of Revenue states, “If you are convicted of operating a commercial motor vehicle while your alcohol content is .04 percent or higher, 2 points will be assessed to your Missouri driver record and you will be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year.”
Offenses that Disqualify for One Year:
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a blood alcohol level of 0.04% or higher
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol as a CDL holder or operating a CMV
- If you are a CDL holder or operating a CMV and refuse a breath or blood test
A second conviction could result in a lifetime disqualification. It is also important to remember that you don’t have to be driving a commercial motor vehicle when the violation occurred. Having a CDL is enough.
It is important to defend yourself and your livelihood. You have a right to a DWI defense in St. Louis. If you need more information or need to schedule a consultation, please contact us.