Any drunk driving offense may lead to CDL driving revocation. If you are a commercial driver, you face strict penalties if caught drinking while driving in Colorado. When driving is your job, one year of driving revocation changes your life.
Types of Offenses:
- Refusal to a chemical test after arrest
- Repeat offenses for DUI, DWAI, or chemical test refusal
License revocation length varies widely, from one year to a lifetime. The timeframe depends on several factors including, blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the specific charges, and whether you have a previous conviction.
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First Offense DUI – When convicted of an excess BAC while driving a commercial vehicle, 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 DUI first-time offenders, including fines, days in jail, 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 your commercial driving career with a lifetime disqualification. In addition, you face the consequences for non-commercial drivers convicted of a second DUI. The penalties include losing 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. You also face the same harsh penalties for non-commercial DUI offenses, including criminal penalties like jail time. You also lose your privileges to drive a non-commercial vehicle for at least two years.
Chemical Test Refusal – When arrested for a DUI, Colorado law requires drivers to submit to a chemical test. If the driver refuses, they may face one year of driving revocation, which applies to commercial motor vehicle licenses and non-commercial licenses.
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, you face revocation of your non-commercial driving privileges for at least three years.