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.