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Naperville CDL DUI Lawyers

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Attorneys Assisting Commercial Driver's License Holders in Aurora, Plainfield, Downers Grove, Lisle, Winfield, and DuPage County

The process of obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL) in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle requires individuals to pass both a skills and knowledge test. This process is far more comprehensive and strict when compared to the process of obtaining an ordinary driver's license. This is because CDL holders operate relatively larger and more powerful vehicles (such as semis, buses, and large commercial trucks), which have a greater potential to cause harm or damage. With greater power, however, comes greater responsibility.

DUIs as a CDL Holder

Criminal and misdemeanor CDL infractions are governed by federal law. Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or another illicit substance is not taken lightly if you are a CDL holder. As mentioned, CDL holders are held to a higher standard of responsibility and are not given as much leeway as a normal driver's license holder.

For instance, a person with an ordinary driver's license may face suspension if found guilty of a DUI whereas a CDL holder may face cancellation of their license. In addition, CDL holders who refuse chemical testing (breath, blood, or urine) face a statutory summary suspension. CDL holders who are found guilty of a second DUI will face permanent disqualification. The federal government does not play around when it comes to DUIs and CDL holders.

Also, note that it does not matter whether the CDL holder was operating a commercial motor vehicle or his or her own personal vehicle when charged with a DUI.

Fighting DUI Charges in Illinois

A person who has been charged with a DUI can protect their CDL by challenging the summary suspension and charge in court. The process for challenging a summary suspension is referred to as a petition to rescind, and drivers have a right to a hearing within 30 days of filing the petition. It is important to note that the State has the burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A competent DUI attorney will be able to assess the process in its entirety and determine whether there are grounds for acquittal.

Consult with an Experienced DuPage County CDL DUI Attorney

At Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC, we have successfully represented many clients with CDLs who have been charged with DUIs. We understand that losing a CDL can be devastating since many of our clients rely on their CDL to earn and provide for their families. We will fight for our clients to make sure they are afforded proper due process in court. If you are a holder of a CDL, a resident of Illinois, and have been charged with a DUI, contact Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC, today at 630-355-5222 to discuss your DUI. We offer free initial consultations and will do our utmost to provide realistic and practical advice. We assist clients throughout DuPage County, Kendall County, Kane County, and Will County, Illinois.

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