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3 Consequences of an OWI Conviction for CDL holder in Wisconsin

OWI & Implications for Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

In Wisconsin, a Commercial Driver’s License is required to operate vehicles that:

  • Weigh over 26,000 pounds, determined by the highest of the following weights:
    • manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
    • manufacturer’s gross combination weight rating (GCWR) when the towed unit has a GVWR, registered weight or actual gross weight over 10,000 pounds
    • actual weight
    • registered weight
  • Carry hazardous materials that require placarding under federal law
  • Are designed or used to carry 16 or more persons including the driver (buses and some school buses)

The consequences of an OWI conviction for a CDL holder can be tremendous, even if it's your first OWI in Wisconsin. If a CDL holder is convicted of an OWI offense they can be subject to the following penalties:

  1. For first offenders, a 1-year CDL disqualification (a 3-year CDL disqualification if transporting hazardous materials);
  2. For 2nd and subsequent offenders (with first offense after July 1, 1987), a lifetime CDL disqualification;
  3. In addition to an OWI conviction, administrative suspensions through the Department of Transportation (DOT) result in CDL disqualifications.

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If you are a CDL holder and have been charged with an OWI offense, it is crucial to hire an experienced OWI criminal defense attorney with a proven track record of success. There are important nuances in OWI cases that can make or break your case and you need a skilled advocate to navigate them properly.

Contact Grieve Law now to speak with an experienced OWI criminal defense attorney for a free consultation regarding your OWI case.
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