DWI Consequences for Commercial Drivers

Prior references and discussions about license consequences following a DWI conviction deal with non-commercial drivers. Different revocation periods apply to those that drive for a living. The result is a much more severe and strict revocation period that often leads to job consequences.

Under Minn. Stat. 171.165, Minnesota must disqualify a commercial driver for a DWI in accordance with federal standards. And under federal standards, a first-time offense results in a one-year revocation, while a second-time offense results in a lifetime ban. These revocation periods apply regardless of whether the conviction is for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, or whether the person is convicted of a refusal DWI. And they apply for a conviction stemming from a 0.4 or more while operating a commercial vehicle.

In determining prior offenses, it must have occurred on or after August 1, 2005. Though a lifetime ban is imposed, the person may apply for reinstatement after ten years. Reinstatement requires completion of a state-sanctioned rehabilitation program. This is a one-time ability to reinstate. Any subsequent offenses will result in a lifetime ban without an ability to reinstate.

If you drive for a living, maintaining your CDL is top priority. Surely, any significant revocation period like those outlined above, can lead to a loss of employment. For this reason, it is imperative to get an experienced and aggressive Minnesota DWI attorney to fight the case and negotiate a most favorable result for you. It is possible to obtain a plea to an offense that would not have such devastating consequences. Contact us today.