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About Commercial DUI / OVI in Ohio

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A commercial driver faces serious consequences if arrested for DUI.  The limit on blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is much lower than other drivers.  Where a regular driver is allowed up to .08 BAC, a commercial driver cannot register above .04%.  If a discernable amount of alcohol (any amount) or drugs is found in your system, you will be taken off the road for 24 hours.  However, the laws have become even more stringent, starting in 2005.  Now any person who has a CDL can be arrested and charged with DUI even if not operating a commercial vehicle.  This means that you can be driving your own personal vehicle, not at work, and you will be arrested and your CDL will be suspended.  Any commercial driver that is in this position should immediately contact a Columbus CDL DUI defense lawyer from Koffel Law Firm at once.

How a DUI/OVI Affects Your CDL or Commercial License

These restrictions are very dangerous for those who drive for a living, as you will lose your ability to make a living.  Not only will you have your license suspended for a year, you also suffer other serious sanctions as a commercial driver.  If you refuse the BAC testing, you lose your CDL for a year.  A second refusal results in the loss of your license for the rest of your life.   These situations make any DUI / OVI charge for a commercial driver extremely dangerous, and require a skilled DUI defense lawyer from Koffel Law Firm to immediately take action. 

There are often viable defense options, but it requires moving fast and avoiding making statements at the time of your arrest.  You must stay silent until the attorney arrives, reviews the situation and advises you of your rights and how to move forward with a defense.  The attorney will stay with you from the moment of your arrest and throughout the process, fighting aggressively on your behalf every step of the way. 

For more information, see  our"CDL Truck Drivers & DUI" section below. 

Contact a Columbus CDL DUI Defense Lawyer from Koffel Law Firm today.

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