Michigan DUI lawyer Paul J. Tafelski (https://www.michigandefenselaw.com/commercial-driver-dui.html) of Michigan Criminal Defense has released an article that sheds light on commercial driver DUI and the severe consequences that come with it. The article is a comprehensive guide for commercial drivers in Michigan who rely on their driver’s license for their livelihood.
“Losing your commercial driver’s license can mean that you will struggle to pay rent or your mortgage or even buy groceries. Drunk or drugged driving can threaten the license upon which you rely for work,” states Michigan DUI lawyer Paul J. Tafelski. He goes on to emphasize the importance of seeking legal representation in the event of a commercial driver DUI charge.
In the article, Michigan DUI lawyer Paul J. Tafelski explains that Michigan has strict regulations on the blood alcohol content of commercial drivers. Drivers can be convicted of Operating While Visibly Impaired or Operating While Intoxicated if their blood alcohol content is greater than .04%. A DUI conviction will result in an automatic suspension of their commercial driver’s license for at least a year. It is important to note that the commercial driver’s license will be suspended even if the driver was not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the arrest or conviction.
Attorney Paul J. Tafelski also explains the difference between a suspension and revocation of a commercial driver’s license. A suspension means that the driver’s privilege is taken away for a period of time but is automatically returned upon completion of the suspension period. A revocation is more serious and requires the driver to start over again, applying, and going through the process of obtaining a commercial driver’s license as if for the first time.
The article also delves into the severe penalties that come with a commercial driver DUI conviction, including a maximum fine of $500, up to 93 days in jail, and a one-year CDL suspension. Subsequent DUI convictions for CDL holders may result in a fine of up to $1,000, a prison sentence, and loss of the CDL for up to 10 years.
Attorney Paul J. Tafelski stresses the importance of seeking legal representation in the event of a commercial driver DUI charge. He explains that a skilled DUI attorney may be able to alleviate the burden on the accused by providing legal representation, and guidance, and possibly reducing the severity of the charges or penalties.
The article discusses potential defenses that may be available in these cases, including challenges to the validity of the traffic stop, the arrest, and the chemical test results. Tafelski also notes that negotiating a plea deal to reduce the charge to a non-alcohol-related offense may be appropriate in some cases.
Attorney Paul J. Tafelski advises individuals facing commercial driver DUI charges to seek experienced legal representation as early as possible in the process to build a strong defense and protect their CDL and livelihood. Michigan Defense Law offers legal representation for commercial driver DUI cases in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, and Washtenaw Counties.
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