To drive a commercial vehicle in Missouri, you must undergo certain training and obtain a commercial driver's license. But you must also demonstrate that you are a responsible person: You are in control of a motor vehicle whose destructive capacity is almost unlimited.

This is why driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs even in your personal vehicle can result in suspension of your license to operate a commercial vehicle. If your license to drive your own vehicle is suspended, you may not drive a commercial vehicle during this suspension either.

Commercial Driver's License DWI Arrest

You are also held to a higher standard than other drivers. For example, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is normally .08. But holders of a commercial driver's license (CDL) may not have more than .04 lawfully. You may not have any alcohol in your system while driving a commercial vehicle.

Naturally, the length of suspension of your commercial driver's license increases with the number and severity of offenses for which you have been convicted over a period of time. For example:

  • Your CDL will be suspended for one year if you are convicted of DUI.
  • Subsequent convictions can mean a lifetime commercial driver's license revocation.
  • A one-year disqualification is imposed if you are a CDL holder and refused a blood or breath test.
  • An offense such as use of a commercial vehicle in the manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs triggers lifetime revocation.

Missouri CDL Violation Suspension Attorney

Our office represents drivers from other states charged in Missouri. Missouri drivers' records also accumulate offenses committed in other states.

Attorney Travis Noble Jr. is a former police officer who now specializes in DUI defense. He has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri. Email our law firm or call a St. Louis commercial driver's license DWI arrest attorney at 314-450-7849.

Past results afford no guarantee of future results and every case is different and must be judged on its own merits. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Missouri.