Driving under the influence (DWI) is a serious offense with the possibility of severe consequences, especially if you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Minnesota. CDL holders are held to higher standards when it comes to alcohol-related offenses.
Here, you can learn more about getting a DWI and how it may affect your commercial driver’s license.
The legal limit for CDL holders
CDL drivers do not have the same rules or regulations as others on the road. Instead of being able to have a BAC of 0.08% like most drivers, CDL drivers can be arrested and charged with a DWI if their BAC is 0.04%
Immediate consequences of a DWI
The immediate consequences of receiving a DWI include the suspension of your CDL, even before you are convicted. The length of the suspension can vary depending on factors such as your BAC level and whether it’s your first offense.
In addition to administrative penalties, a DWI conviction for a CDL holder in Minnesota can result in criminal penalties. These penalties can include fines, probation and even jail time. The severity of the penalties often depends on whether it’s a first-time offense or a subsequent one.
A DWI can significantly impact your career as a CDL holder. Many employers in the transportation industry have strict policies against hiring or retaining drivers with DWI convictions. Your ability to find employment in the industry may be limited.
A DWI can have serious consequences for CDL holders. The legal BAC limit is lower for commercial drivers, and the penalties can be severe, including the suspension of your CDL and potential criminal penalties. CDL holders need to be aware of these consequences and make responsible choices when it comes to drinking and driving to protect their driving privileges and livelihoods.