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CDL Drivers and Ohio OVI/DUI Law

The attorneys at Yavitch & Palmer have helped many CDL holders. Ohio and Columbus Law treats commercial drivers differently in DUI cases, and those with a CDL are held to more stringent standards.

To start, CDL holders have a lower BAC threshold. For regular drivers, the standard BAC legal limit is .08 (for a breath test). For CDL holders that limit is significantly lower at .04 BAC. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Ohio law have little tolerance for alcohol-related CDL offenses.

To complicate matters even more, CDL holders have more significant consequences. If they choose to refuse a chemical test (blood, breath, or urine), the face an automatic disqualification of their CDL for 1 year for first time offenders. For those with multiple “refusals” in their past, they could face a permanent loss of their CDL.

This means CDL holders must be extremely cautious when deciding whether to drive. Most CDL holders depend on their commercial status and drive for a living. Whether they are over-the-road truck drivers or drive commercial vehicles locally, CDL clients must be treated very carefully.

The DUI attorneys at Yavitch & Palmer are based out of Columbus, OH and have a long history of working with CDL holders accused of OVI or DUI (and other traffic offenses). We have found legal and creative ways to mitigate or even avoid the harsh administrative consequences and suspensions that are unique to CDL’s. We have been successful helping many CDL holders save their license and their jobs.

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