The penalties for a DUI or Physical Control arrest and subsequent conviction are particularly severe if you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). If you have a CDL, the following disqualification rules apply if you were arrested while driving a commercial vehicle:
If you were arrested for DUI, Physical Control, or Driver Under 21 Consuming Alcohol while driving a personal (non-commercial) vehicle, or you refused to take a blood alcohol or breath test and you do not request an administrative hearing:
If you have a CDL from another state, DOL will report disqualification in Washington to the state that issued your license, and that state may suspend, revoke, or disqualify your CDL privileges, depending on that state’s laws.
Special requalification procedures apply if DOL disqualifies your CDL privileges and you need to get them back. Click here to learn more about how to get your CDL privileges back after disqualification. Even if the period of disqualification has passed, you must still follow these steps to get your CDL privileges back before driving.
In order to avoid a disqualification, you will need to both prevail in your criminal case and win your administrative hearing. In order to achieve this outcome, you will need to team up with a seasoned Washington DUI attorney who understands both the legal and technical challenges that could overcome the DOL’s case against you.
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In either case, a commercial driver has the right to a hearing to challenge the disqualification and a subsequent appeal to the superior court if he or she does not win the hearing.
At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc., our experienced Washington DOL hearing attorneys are ready and waiting to explain your options to you during a free case evaluation.
Please call our office today at (206) 866-6739 to get started.
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