Commercial DUI

South Florida Commercial Drunk Driving Lawyers

An arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) can have damaging effects on any person’s livelihood, but the effects can be especially profound for people who regularly drive commercial vehicles. For these individuals, DUI convictions can potentially prevent them from earning a living and paying the bills.

Commercial drivers are held to a much more stringent standard for intoxication than motorists in traditional passenger vehicles. Florida is among the many states that adopted the lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and a commercial driver may be charged with DUI for refusing to submit to any test to determine his or her BAC.

Palm Beach County Commercial DUI Lawyer

If you are a commercial driver who was recently charged with DUI while you were operating an 18-wheeler or some other commercial vehicle, you should immediately seek skilled legal representation. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fights to protect the rights of commercial drivers in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County.

Our commercial DUI attorneys have more than 20 years of combined trial experience and we are dedicated to achieving the most favorable outcomes for our clients. You can let our firm review your case by calling (561) 557-8686 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Florida Commercial DUI Information Center

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Definition of Commercial Vehicles in Fort Lauderdale

Under Florida Statute § 322.01, a commercial motor vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle or motor vehicle combination used on the streets or highways that meets any of the following criteria:

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed to transport more than 15 persons, including the driver
  • Is transporting hazardous materials and is required to be placarded in accordance with Title 49, Part 172, Subpart F of the Code of Federal Regulations

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Palm Beach County Commercial DUI Charges

Florida Statute § 322.62 states that a person who has any alcohol in his or her body may not drive or be in actual physical control of a commercial motor vehicle. This is a moving violation that is punishable by a fine and the driver will also be placed out-of-service immediately for a period of 24 hours.

However, a commercial driver can be considered intoxicated for a BAC that is only half of the standard for intoxication with operators of traditional passenger vehicles. This means that a commercial driver can be charged with DUI if he or she has a blood-alcohol level (BAL) of 0.04 or more grams of alcohol per:

  • 100 milliliters of blood
  • 210 liters of breath

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Penalties for Commercial DUI in Florida

Despite these different standards for intoxication, commercial drivers are subject to many of the same penalties as ordinary motorists. This means that a first DUI conviction for a commercial driver could lead to the following punishments:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • Fine of up to $1,000
  • 50 hours participation in public service or a community work project
  • Completion of a substance abuse course conducted by a licensed DUI program

The severity of these penalties obviously increases if a driver has been previously convicted of a DUI offense. Furthermore, a commercial driver is also subject to additional operating restrictions under Florida Statute § 322.61:

  • First Violation — Disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a period of one year
  • Second or Subsequent Violation — Permanently disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle

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Meltzer & Bell, P.A. |  Commercial DUI Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Are you a commercial driver who was arrested for DUI? You will want to make sure that you are working with experienced legal counsel who can help get the charges against you reduced or possibly even dropped.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents clients throughout South Florida, including Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach, and more.  Our commercial DUI attorneys will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (561) 557-8686 to take advantage of a free legal consultation.

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