Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Get A CDL With A DUI On Your Record?
Although you might have a DUI on your record, there is still a chance that you can get your Commercial Drivers License (CDL). However, getting employed with a company that requires a CDL may be more challenging. The majority of companies may not want to hire someone who has been convicted of drinking and driving, especially if the conviction is recent. Some businesses look at your entire driving record for the previous three years. Having a DUI on your record can negatively affect your ability to get hired by some companies. On the other hand, some organizations may hire you after one year of charges; it is best to speak with management at the company in order to understand their policy.
What Is Considered A Commercial Vehicle?
In Nevada, a commercial vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle other than a taxicab that is intended to carry people or things for profit. Delivery trucks, buses, and shuttles are examples of such vehicles. The vehicle must be one of the following for a commercial DUI conviction:
- A Class B single conveyance with a gross vehicle weight rating, or GVWR, of over 26,000 pounds
- A Class A combination vehicle whose gross combined weight rating, or GCWR, exceeds 26,000 pounds while towing one or more vehicles having a GVWR of over 10,000 pounds
- A Class C vehicle intended to convey 16 or more passengers, driver included
- A Class C vehicle designed to transport hazardous materials
What Are The Commercial Driver DUI Laws in Nevada?
There are state and federal laws that establish DUI penalties for commercial drivers. The Nevada Revised Statute Section 484C.120 lists the guidelines, standards, and punishments for commercial operators convicted of driving under the influence. For typical drivers (aged 21 or older), their blood alcohol content (BAC) must be lower than .08 percent while operating a vehicle; however, for commercial purposes, this limit is lowered to .04 percent BAC. Furthermore, if any drugs or alcohol are consumed before driving,- regardless of the amount -the driver can still be found guilty of a DUI offense.”
Contact Our Las Vegas CDL DUI Attorney Today
For any commercial truck driver accused of DUI in Nevada, it is critical to obtain competent legal representation. At the Spartacus Law Firm, our Las Vegas commercial DUI attorney can raise doubt in the courts about the claims by providing evidence of an unlawful traffic stop, improper police conduct, or faulty testing equipment. If the vehicle doesn’t meet the legal definition of a commercial vehicle, or if there was an accident with a serious injury but it can’t be proven that the driver’s actions caused it, then prosecution is more difficult. Contact our office today for a free consultation and to discuss the details of your CDL DUI charges further.