Top | Attorneys In Pennsylvania Gusty A.E. Sunseri & Associates, P.C. Attorneys at Law Super Lawyers

DUI and Commercial Driver's License

I have previously written about the consequences associated with being charged with or convicted of a DUI. While those consequences are obviously less than ideal, the ramifications of being convicted of a DUI if you have a Commercial Driver's License ("CDL") are much more severe, especially if you use that CDL to make a living. In Pennsylvania, a CDL is required for a driver to operate any commercial vehicle. Such vehicles include semi-trailers, buses, and HAZMAT vehicles. Depending on the type of vehicle the driver wants to operate, there are a number of different classifications of CDL.

Following legislation passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 2005, the punishments following a DUI for a CDL driver were increased. In addition to the usual consequences associated with a DUI as outlined in previous posts, punishments for CDL drivers include the following:

- A one year suspension of the driver's CDL (three year suspension of HAZMAT license)

- If convicted of a second DUI (both occurring after 2005) the driver's CDL license will be suspended for life.

- If the driver refuses chemical testing at the time of the stop, his CDL will be suspended for one year.

- If the driver refuses chemical testing for a second time (both occurring after 2005) the driver's CDL license will be suspended for life.

- It is worth noting that if a driver accepts entrance to the ARD program, it will be treated as a conviction for the purpose of future CDL suspensions.

While a DUI can be costly to the average citizen, the penalties are especially stiff on CDL holders. If you are facing a DUI charge, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at our Pittsburgh law firm, Gusty A. E. Sunseri & Associates, for help. However, if you make your living with your CDL, it is even more important to speak with an experienced attorney and discuss all of your options in order to protect your livelihood.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Me

If you need to speak with an attorney about an important legal matter, contact my law office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To schedule a free consultation, call 412-455-5388, or contact me by e-mail.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Gusty A.E. Sunseri & Associates, P.C.

1290 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Toll Free: 888-894-0351
Phone: 412-455-5388
Fax: 412-968-0254
Map & Directions