DUI with a CDL in Pennsylvania
If you have a CDL (commercial driver’s license), you likely know that you owe more caution and responsibility than the average driver. Most individuals with a CDL drive for a larger company or entity as a truck driver, and these specialty drivers require additional training and skills to qualify for this work. But what happens when an individual with an active CDL gets into an accident? Specifically, we need to be aware of the additional risks when a commercial driver drives under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Individuals with a CDL and DUI charges will likely benefit from speaking with a lawyer at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. Our lawyers are talented and have extensive experience in criminal defense law, including the systems surrounding DUI charges. We have access to several helpful resources, proven strategies, and valuable tools that significantly improve the odds of favorable results. Our clients trust us to work hard and dedicate our time to helping them find success, allowing them to reduce the severity of their penalties.
What Qualifies as a DUI in Pennsylvania?
While most individuals think of drunk driving when they hear the term “DUI,” a driver may be under the influence of many other substances. These substances include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, other illegal drugs, and even prescription drugs. Prescription drugs may result in heightened anxiety, drowsiness, and several other circumstances that can impact your ability to drive safely.
DUI penalties in Pennsylvania depend on the incident’s severity and the number of offenses a driver has committed. Typically, a guilty charge for a DUI will result in fines and jail time. However, community service, restrictions on using certifications and licenses, reformative classes, and other court-ordered penalties may apply. If you receive a DUI charge with a CDL, you may be unable to continue work when your license is revoked.
Should You Work With a Lawyer in Your DUI Case?
If you are involved in legal proceedings, especially in the case of a criminal charge, we recommend you work with a lawyer. A criminal defense attorney will most likely understand the laws and potential complexities of a DUI affected by a CDL. Your defense lawyer may help you in several ways, including the following:
- Legal knowledge
- Negotiation tactics
- Speak on your behalf
- Complete and file paperwork
- Maintain your calendar and schedule
- Join or lead investigations
- Avoid mistakes
- Refer you to professionals and specialists
- Provide you with valuable resources and information
- Minimize or eliminate your penalties
- Strategize the next best steps
Your lawyer may also assist you in other ways throughout the legal process, streamlining your experience and reducing your overall stress. We recommend you refrain from representing yourself during legal proceedings, as you may risk misrepresentation and face more consequences than necessary.
DUI With a CDL in Pennsylvania? Protect Your Rights With a Lawyer From Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C.
If you have been charged with a DUI as a CDL holder, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a lawyer from Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. Our team has over 65 years of experience in injury and criminal defense law systems, and we can offer you the vital support you need to succeed during legal proceedings.
Get in touch with us as soon as possible to protect your rights, prioritize your best interests, and begin discussing your charges with a specialist. You can reach us by calling (215) 822-7575 or completing our contact form, whichever you prefer. Our team looks forward to hearing from you