Anyone who carries a commercial driver’s license or CDL is held to a higher standard of driving responsibility in Wisconsin, particularly in regards to drunk driving. The state’s DUI and OWI laws are more severe for CDL holders, which can present additional challenges for convicted drivers because they often depend on their CDL status for work.
Every CDL holder needs to be aware of the special restrictions and requirements of their license surrounding drunk driving and OWIs, which we have outlined below.
Just as CDL holders are held to a higher standard when testing for and obtaining their license, they are held to a higher standard when maintaining that license. In general, expect the fees, fines, and penalties associated with drunk driving to be higher and more severe for those who hold a commercial driver’s license than those who do not.
In addition to the three tests shown above, officers can administer a preliminary breath test (PBT) or request a chemical test later. As a condition of your CDL licensing, you cannot refuse to participate in any of these tests.
The stakes are high for CDL holders who rely on their license for their livelihood. If you are facing OWI charges and are worried about losing your CDL, contact the DUI – OWI attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices immediately. You have as little as 10 days from the time of the arrest to fight the charges. Quick action is necessary to protect your commercial driver’s license and your ability to do your job.
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