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Regulations for Commercial Drivers

Driving under the influence is a criminal offense, no matter where in the US you are or what sort of license you hold. For most drivers, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08%. However, for those who operate commercial vehicles – large trucks and buses that serve the purpose of transporting goods and/or passengers – the legal limit is actually quite lower. If a commercial driver is caught on the job with a BAC level above 0.04%, he or she will be charged with DUI.

Commercial Driver DUI Penalties

As with other DUI offenders, those convicted of a commercial driver DUI will face inhibiting penalties that can significantly change their lifestyles:

  • Disqualification of commercial driver's license
  • Jail sentence
  • High fines
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Enrollment in an alcohol treatment course
  • Probation

Unfortunately, you can also have your commercial driver's license disqualified if you are charged with DUI while driving a non-work vehicle outside of normal job hours. Such a loss could deal a devastating blow to your household's income. Therefore, it is very important for all commercial drivers who have been charged with DUI to seek legal counsel immediately. With the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney, you may be able to successfully challenge the disqualification.

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If you are a commercial driver and have been charged with driving under the influence, then an experienced and qualified defense attorney can help you. Contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk today at 1-866-822-1230 to speak with us about forming your defense.

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

Cowan Kirk is known throughout Washington and the nation for representing all of its clients with commitment, creativity and compassion. We recognize how devastating a DUI charge can be, particularly when our clients learn how incredibly tough Washington's DUI laws have become, even for a first-time offender.

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If you need a DUI defense attorney in Seattle, Bellevue, or King County, contact us today to find out why respect for our clients, a passion for justice, and our commitment to winning have earned each of us the highest honor a member of the bar can receive from our colleagues – their referrals.