Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol comes with considerable consequences for everyone. For a truck driver, however, a DUI conviction can threaten their very livelihood. When 30% of Mississippi fatalities in car accidents are related to alcohol, the state has harsh consequences for anyone who receives a DUI conviction.
Truck drivers should know what the consequences of a DUI mean for them, as it may help them avoid getting behind the wheel while under the influence. So, what can a truck driver expect from DUI charges?
The consequences of a conviction
A truck carrying a full cargo load is far more dangerous than a passenger vehicle on the road, especially when the truck driver cannot drive safely due to narcotics or alcohol. While non-commercial truck drivers may be able to get away with a first offense with a small fine, this is not the case for truck drivers.
A first offense for a truck driver likely means that the state will take away their commercial driver’s license (CDL) for a year. Additionally, if the truck driver was hauling dangerous materials while under the influence, the suspension can be as long as three years. Two DUI convictions also mean that truck drivers will permanently lose their CDL.
When a first offense means losing your job for a year and reducing the chances of finding a job when you get your CDL back, it is critical that you fight any DUI charges to your fullest.
Protect your rights and future
It is never hopeless to fight DUI charges. An experienced attorney can help you reduce the charges, have a court drop them entirely, or successfully defend you in court. When a DUI means losing your career and your future, do not take the risk. If you are facing these charges, contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer immediately.