Getting caught driving drunk has many penalties in Wisconsin. Many people worry about their job and the consequences they will face after receiving a DUI. People, who have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), have much more to worry about. There are penalties of driver’s license suspension after receiving a DUI, which include a CDL.

Obtaining a CDL

There is a process of obtaining a CDL, which include an application process, testing both in written form and road tests, classes, fees, etc. The process takes time and requires attention. After passing and qualifying for a CDL, you are able to drive a commercial vehicle, but the privilege can be taken away.

I got an OWI in my personal vehicle. Will it affect my CDL?

Assuming most people with CDL’s do not drive drunk while on the job, driving drunk in a personal vehicle will still have penalties for a CDL. When a person’s driving privileges are revoked or suspended, it includes all driver’s licenses in their name. Although an Occupational License can be obtained in Wisconsin, there is no longer an Occupational CDL. The Occupational License does not allow operating a commercial vehicle. A first time DUI offender will face revocation of their CDL for one year. A second offense will result in a disqualification of a CDL for life.

Legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

While in the State of Wisconsin, the legal limit for BAC is a .08, the legal limit for a person who holds a CDL is .04. The legal limit is lower for a person with a CDL, because they hold a privilege of driving commercial vehicles. This also means that the rules of the road should be held in higher regard for safety reasons. Driving drunk is an abuse of that responsibility.

How can I save my job?

The straight answer is don’t drink and drive, but if you do get caught in this unfortunate situation, Contact Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. at 1-877-384-6800 or fill out a free case evaluation. Attorney Dineen solely practices DUI defense in Wisconsin. He understands what you are feeling and the process ahead of you. Remember to think before you drink, as it may affect you personally, financially, and professionally.