Commercial drivers are in a tough situation when it comes to alcohol. They can have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of under .04%, and they can’t drink within the four hours before they start driving. The lower DUI level is tricky for some, but there is good reason to have it. Commercial drivers are in charge of large vehicles with the potential to cause serious damage, injuries and death if they crash.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in charge of the rules regarding BAC and commercial driving. These regulations apply to anyone who owns or leases a commercial motor vehicle as well as for-hire motor carriers, church drivers and others.
If you get a DUI as a commercial driver, there is the chance that you could lose your license. Though the loss of your license may be temporary, finding a job after a DUI is likely to be difficult. The trucking industry is short on drivers, but there is never a lack of new, incoming talent without DUIs on their records.
Will a business be willing to risk taking on a driver who had a past DUI?
That’s a difficult question to answer. As the DUI disappears further back into your history, you may have a better chance of getting back into commercial driving. There are some companies who will hire drivers with a DUI in their past, but they are few and far between.
The better option in this situation is to fight the DUI, and do all you can to avoid a conviction. Your attorney will help you defend yourself and fight for your license and career.