Commercial drivers are held to a much higher standard than non-commercial (or regular) drivers.  In Tennessee, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder who is convicted of DUI will lose his CDL for one year.  This is the case even if the driver was not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the offense, but rather his personal, non-commercial vehicle. Additionally, if you are driving a commercial vehicle and charged with DUI in Tennessee, the legal limit is .04 rather than .08.  This means that the state’s threshold for showing that you were legally intoxicated is much lower when it’s a commercial vehicle.  If it’s a non-commercial vehicle the level is still .08. For a second offense DUI, the punishment is a CDL suspension for 10 years to life.  Again, CDL drivers are held to a much higher standard and face much greater punishment than regular drivers.  A conviction will almost certainly mean loss of job and livelihood.  If you’re a commercial driver who’s been charged with DUI in Tennessee, contact Memphis DUI lawyer Patrick Stegall.  Whether you were driving a commercial vehicle or your own vehicle, Mr. Stegall can analyze your case and craft a defense based on his knowledge and experience.  Call him at (901) 205-9894 or email him at pstegall@stegall-law.com.

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