DUI Defense for Commercial Drivers from Attorneys with More Than 40 Years of Combined Experience
Representing bus, tractor-trailer and commercial truck drivers in Tucson, Arizona
A driver who operates a bus, a tractor-trailer, or a commercial truck or van must obtain a commercial driver license (CDL). Originated by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, the issuance of a CDL indicates the driver’s special training and skills in the safe maneuvering of large, heavy vehicles. The regulations governing CDLs are intended to protect passengers, other motorists and the public. Violation of the strict CDL rules concerning drug and alcohol use can result in harsh penalties.
Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC is 100 percent dedicated to criminal and DUI defense. Our lawyers possess more than 40 years of combined experience in criminal defense trials. We handle the most challenging DUI cases involving commercial licenses, high blood or breath alcohol content (BAC) and serious DUI accidents. If you have been charged with DUI, your commercial driver license and your livelihood are at stake. Our Pima County attorneys aggressively challenge the issues to preserve your rights, your liberty and your job.
Arizona DUI laws that affect commercial drivers
Arizona Revised Statute section 28-1381 sets the legal BAC limit at .04 for commercial drivers — one-half of the minimum legal BAC that applies to other drivers. A commercial driver can also be charged for driving under the influence of drugs. Impairment by any type of drug — including over-the-counter and prescription medications — can result in a DUI arrest with serious repercussions.
Harsh penalties for Tucson commercial drivers who are convicted of DUI
A conviction for DUI can end your career as a commercial driver. Depending on the circumstances of your charge, conviction can result in incarceration, fines, probation and installation of an interlock device in your vehicle. In addition to punishments other drivers face, you also risk:
- First offense — loss of your CDL for one year
- Second offense — loss of your CDL for life
- Refusal to submit to BAC or drug tests — loss of your CDL for life
Challenging the Breathalyzer® results
Your case may hinge on the Breathalyzer results. Challenging the test’s reliability and accuracy is a hallmark of our practice. Our criminal defense attorneys have a reputation for winning victories on highly technical, sophisticated issues involving the tests and the machines. Our efforts have resulted in:
- Removal of the Intoximetersreg RBT-IV® machine from the streets of Arizona
- Suppression of test results in more than 7,000 cases based on our challenge to the Intoximetersreg RBT-IV
- Suppression of test results and dismissal of hundreds of cases throughout Arizona because of our demand for the CMI Intoxilyzer 8000® source code and software
Consult with our DUI defense lawyers in Tucson, AZ about protecting your commercial driver license
To learn more about the DUI laws that affect commercial drivers, call Nesci & St. Louis, PLLC today at 520.777.0235 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.