DUI for CDL Drivers in Colorado

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Did you know that any DUI for a CDL driver in Colorado can result in loss of your commercial license? Even if you aren’t driving your commercial vehicle at the time of the arrest, you could lose your ability to work.

In fact, the sentence for a DUI is harsher for CDL drivers. If sentenced for a drunk driving offense, you may lose your commercial license from anywhere between one year and your lifetime. A DUI conviction can end your commercial driving career.

What Convictions Cause Driving Revocation for CDL Drivers?

Any drunk driving offense may lead to CDL driving revocation. If you are a CDL driver, you face strict penalties if caught drinking while driving. When driving is your job, one year of driving revocation changes your life.

Types of Offenses:

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Length of Driving Revocation for CDL DUI

Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), charge and number of previous offenses all play into the length of the driving revocation for CDL drivers.

First Offense DUIWhen convicted of an excess BAC while driving, the sentence is revocation of your CDL for a minimum of one year. In addition, you lose driving privileges for your non-commercial license for at least nine months. You also face all the other penalties for a first offense DUI, including fines, jail time, points against your license and public service.

Second Offense DUI – When convicted of a second DUI, you lose your CDL license for your lifetime. A second DUI offense ends you commercial driving career. In addition, you face the consequences for non-commercial drivers convicted of a second DUI. This means loss of all driving privileges for at least one year.

Third or Subsequent DUI Offense – After a third DUI sentence, you lose your CDL for your lifetime and face the harsh penalties for non-commercial DUI offenses. This includes jail time. You also lose your non-commercial driving privileges for at least two year.

Chemical Test Refusal – If arrested for DUI, refusing to take a chemical test results in one year of driving revocation for both your CDL and non-commercial license.

Second Offense Chemical Test Refusal – Refusing the chemical test for a second time after a drunk driving arrest, results in a lifetime loss of your CDL. You also lose your non-commercial driving privileges for up to two years.

Third or Subsequent Chemical Test Refusal – Like with repeat DUIs, refusing the chemical test after an arrest for the third time, results in a lifetime loss of your CDL. In addition, your non-commercial driving privileges are revoked for at least three years.

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When arrested for a drunk driving offense as a CDL driver, call DUI Law Firm Denver first. We start work on your case right away to help save your livelihood. Your career is on the line and you need a legal team with the experience and knowledge to defend and win your case.

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Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Pursuant to 49 C.F.R § 383.51

Type Of OffenseRevocation AuthorityLength of Revocation – CDLLength of Revocation – Class R
1st Offense – Excess BAC < 0.15049 C.F.R §383.51 (b) C.R.S § 42-2-405(3)(a)1 year9 months
1st Offense – Excess BAC ≥ 0.150 (PDD)49 C.F.R §383.51 (b) C.R.S § 42-2-405(3)(a)1 year AND must be eligible for an unrestricted Class R license9 months
2st Offense – Excess BAC (PDD)C.R.S § 42-2-126(3)(a)(l)(B)Lifetime – if both offenses were commited on or after 10/01/20051 year
3rd or Subsequent Offense – Excess BAC (PDD)C.R.S § 42-2-126(3)(a)(l)(C)Lifetime – if two offenses were commited on or after 10/01/20052 years
1st Offense – Refusal (PDD)C.R.S § 42-2-126(3)(c)(l)1 year AND must be eligible for an unrestricted Class R license1 year
2st Offense – Refusal (PDD)C.R.S § 42-2-126(3)(c)(l)Lifetime – if both offenses were committed on or after 10/01/20052 years
3rd or Subsequent Offense – Refusal (PDD)C.R.S § 42-2-126(3)(c)(l)Lifetime – if two offenses were committed on or after 10/01/20053 years
1st Offense – Criminal Conviction for DUI, DUI per se

* PDD finding regarding a BAC can only be made through administrative determination

C.R.S § 42-2-125(1)(b.5)

NOTE: This revocation action does not apply to a person whose driving privilage was revoked pursuant to C.R.S § 42-2-126(3)(a)(1) for a first offense based on the same driving incident

11 year AND must be eligible for an unrestricted Class R license9 months
2nd Offense – Criminal Conviction for DUI, DUI per se – outside of 5 years

* DMV will use date of offense to calculate the 5 year period

C.R.S § 42-2-125(1)(b.5)Lifetime – if both offenses were committed on or after 10/01/20059 months
2nd Offense – Criminal Conviction for DUI, DUI per se or DWAI – within 5 years (PDD)

* DMV will use date of offense to calculate the 5 year period

C.R.S § 42-2-125(1)(g)(l)Lifetime – if both offenses were committed on or after 10/01/20051 year
3rd or Subsequent Offense – Criminal Conviction for DUI, DUI per se or DWAI (PDD)C.R.S § 42-2-125(1)(1)(i)Lifetime – if two offenses were committed on or after 10/01/20052 years
Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) w/ at least one contributing conviction for DUI, DUI per se or DWAIC.R.S § 42-2-202, C.R.S § 42-2-205 & C.R.S § 42-2-132.5(4)(c)

NOTE: if at least one contributing conviction to the HTO designation is for DUI, DUI per se, DWAI the the driver is eligible for early reinstatement.

Lifetime – if two major offenses were committed on or after 10/01/20055 years

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