How Does a DUI in Arizona Affect Your Commercial Driver's License

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Jan 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Given thenumber of interstate highways in Arizona as well as our proximity to California, Nevada and Texas, Arizona attracts a significant number of commercial truck drivers who reside here and pass through this state toward their destination.  Consequently, it is very important to be aware of the tough stance Arizona takes on commercial drivers who are convicted of DUI.

Obtaining a Commercial Drivers License After a DUI Conviction 

Despite being previously convicted of DUI, you can still obtain a  commercial driver license (CDL) in Arizona. However, if you were convicted of driving under the influence in any state, including Arizona,  you must complete your drivers license suspension and satisfy any Department of Motor Vehicle Requirements before submitting an application for an Arizona Commercial Drivers License. You should be honest with your answers on any Arizona Commercial Drivers License application as your CDL application will be rejected if your license is suspended, revoked or restricted due to a previous DUI conviction.

DUI Convictions After Obtaining a Commercial Drivers License

Because commercial vehicles are heavier and larger than an automobile, commercial drivers are held to a much higher standard with regard to safety considerations and expectations.  As a result, the legal alcohol limit for people driving. commercial vehicle is .04.  This is half of the legal limit of .08 which is imposed upon drivers of cars, motorcycles or sport utility vehicles. Commercial drivers who are driving their own personal automobiles are subject to a .08 legal limit as well.  

The penalties imposed upon people with a commercial drivers license whether they are stopped in a commercial vehicle or their own personal car are severe and can result in a loss of their livelihood.  specifically, individuals who have a commercial drivers license will suffer a one year revocation following a first DUI conviction and a lifetime suspension of their commercial license for a second DUI offense.  This is in addition to the mandatory jail, fines and classes which may be imposed.  The penalties and license suspensions are the same regardless of the class (A, B, C) of commercial license a person may hold.

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If you, a family member or friend has been arrested for a DUI offense in Arizona, it is important that you immediately begin working with a qualified DUI attorney who can effectively represent you in the court of law and take necessary steps to protect your driver's license or commercial drivers license.  Attorney Raymond Kimble is a former police officer, DUI and felony prosecutor and has represented thousands of people charged with DUI in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other cities throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties over the last twenty years. Ray Kimble  will have a clear understanding of all the circumstances in your case, along with the knowledge, skill and experience to protect your drivers license and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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