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Receiving a conviction for DUI (driving under the influence) in Arizona can present significant problems for the defendant with a CDL. It is not necessary to be operating a commercial vehicle for a conviction to impact the commercial license status because any general driving privilege suspension period will include a suspension for the commercial driver’s license as well. The damage done by an impaired driving charge depends on the particulars of the case and the possibility of aggravated or enhanced DUI charges, as Arizona has structured a unique comprehensive approach to combat driving under the influence.

All states have stricter standards for commercial drivers who are arrested and convicted for driving under the influence in a commercial vehicle. The universal blood alcohol content level of .08 that all states have adopted for general impaired driving charges does not apply. The standard for commercial drivers to be legally intoxicated in Arizona is .04 BAC level. Commercial drivers that receive a conviction for driving under the influence in Arizona will receive a one year commercial license suspension period regardless of the vehicle the defendant was driving. Two convictions for driving under the influence will result in a lifetime suspension of the commercial driver’s license.

Receiving an intoxicated driving conviction does not necessarily restrict an individual from receiving a commercial driver’s license. An applicant can receive a commercial driver’s license if the previous driver’s license suspension period is completed, but the CDL holder will lose that license if convicted again. The law also makes no distinction between classes of commercial licenses. The suspensions apply to smaller class commercial vehicle operators as well as tractor-trailers.

The impact that a conviction for DUI (driving under the influence) can have on a professional transporter can be immense. Many individuals have invested significantly in their profession and could sacrifice a high income and comfortable standard of living for a simple infraction. In addition to drivers license suspensions, the convicted commercial license holder will receive a much harsher fine than a typical convicted impaired driver.

Convictions for driving under the influence can be a basis for immediate discharge from employment by any transportation company. Many trucking and transportation companies maintain a zero-tolerance policy for impaired driving among employees because of the impact on commercial driving insurance rates and contracted bonding agreements.

Commercial license holders should be aware that states share information concerning DUI convictions. Any CDL applicant should always list a previous conviction that is still effective during their drivers license record period. Any application that does not contain a pertinent conviction will be automatically rejected by the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you have a CDL and have been arrested or are suspected of a DUI, give us a call. Our team of DUI defense lawyers will listen to the circumstances of your case and help to formulate defenses to the charge. Call us (or email us) today at (602) 307-0808 to schedule a free consultation.

In this short video David explains if you can be charged with DUI in Arizona if you weren’t cited:

Suppose you were stopped for suspected DUI and found to be over the limit by the police’s breath analysis or the mobile DUI processing van’s blood test, but the police officers did not cite you at the scene. Are you free and clear?

Not necessarily. In the state of Arizona, the police have up to one year from the date of the incident to charge you with misdemeanor DUI; most delayed charges are filed within four to six months. If you are suspected of felony DUI, the police have up to seven years to decide if they are going to file charges against you.

If you are allowed to leave the scene without being cited or charged, it’s important for you to hire an Arizona DUI Defense attorney as soon as possible. A defense attorney can work to prevent the charges from ever being filed against you. Once charges are filed, they will show in any criminal background check even if the charges are eventually dismissed. This can cause you difficulties in finding or keeping employment.

A DUI attorney in Arizona can help your case while it’s in the precharge stage by negotiating with the prosecutor. Even if your defense attorney is unable to convince the prosecutor to not file charges against you, he or she may be able to get the charge reduced to a lesser degree of DUI or something like reckless or aggressive driving, speeding, or other simple traffic violations.

If you are suspected of DUI but you have not yet been charged, please contact our office at (602) 307-0808 for a free initial consultation. Someone is available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also contact us by email via our secure form. Don’t put it off. A DUI charge is serious business. The Arizona drunk driving attorneys of DM Cantor are experienced in the procedures of the Arizona legal system, and there is an excellent chance that we can help you before your DUI case negatively affects your life.

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