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OWI charge with a CDL in Wisconsin: How screwed am I?

How getting an OWI with a CDL in WI can affect you

OWI with CDL Wisconsin

Truck drivers, bus drivers and other commercial vehicle operators are expected to adhere to a stricter safety standard by the State of Wisconsin.

If you are arrested for operating your commercial vehicle while intoxicated, the Department of Transportation will automatically suspend your license.

 Even if the charges are ultimately dropped, you will likely be facing a period of unemployment. An attorney can assist you in appealing this suspension, but hurry, because you only have a 10 day window in which to appeal the decision.

A non-commercial driver has a BAC limit of .08%, whereas you could be charged with drunk driving if you are caught with a BAC over .04%. For a commercial driver, it doesn’t matter if you were driving a commercial or private driver when you were arrested for an OWI (called a DUI or DWI in other states); your CDL could be revoked either way. Getting an OWI with a CDL in Wisconsin is painful.

Ways your CDL can be suspended if you were drinking and driving:

  • Convicted of OWI
  • Testing for BAC over .04% even if you’re not convicted
  • Refusing to take BAC test

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I want to get a CDL but have an OWI on my record

How long after an OWI can I get a CDL in Wisconsin

If convicted, your temporary license suspension will likely become a long term disqualification. In the most minor case and your 1st OWI offence, your CDL could be revoked for 1 or 3 years, depending on whether the materials you were hauling were hazardous or non-hazardous.

Penalties for OWI with CDL in Wisconsin

This is serious, of course, but it is something your career could possibly recover from once you are allowed to drive again. However, if this is your second OWI, your CDL will be revoked for life. Additionally, you may have to spend 6 months in jail and pay a $1000 fine.

Can I get a CDL with 2 OWIs on my record?

If you are convicted with 2 or more OWIs, your CDL can be taken away for life. If you get arrested, only politely answer identity questions – don’t give out any details about the situation and ask to speak to your attorney right away.

If you are already convicted with 2 OWIs, contact Grieve Law for a consultation.

My CDL is suspended from a DUI – what can I do?

So, if you have an OWI charge with a CDL in Wisconsin, how screwed are you? Royally screwed, if you don’t do anything about it. And this is exactly the mistake many drivers make. They know the police tested their BAC, the data is on file, and the case looks cut and dry. Hopeless, right? That is exactly what the State wants you to think!

The reality is, the legal procedures involving OWIs, from the initial stop, to the BAC test, to the follow-up and court process, are extremely complex and must be followed to the letter. Often, upon review, our legal team finds an issue, or multiple issues, with some stage of how this process was carried out. By aggressively pursuing all angles and not being afraid to take cases to trial, the experienced defense attorneys at Grieve Law in Waukesha have and will continue to help those accused of drunk driving to protect their rights and get their charges reduced or dropped.

Disqualified for CDL for OWI in a personal vehicle

Even if you are driving a non-commercial vehicle, consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol are serious. When you have a CDL and are driving a non-CMV, you still need to be under .04% BAC. Your CDL can be suspended for at least 1 year after the 1st offence and taken away for life after the 2nd offence even if you’re in your own personal car.

Get in touch with attorneys immediately if you are charged with OWI

Grieve Law is located in Brookfield (between Waukesha and Milwaukee) drawing clients from Madison, Kenosha, and Kenosha and the surrounding communities. Wisconsin counties like Walworth, Jefferson, Dodge, Washington and Ozaukee.

If you are the holder of a CDL, and if your career and liberty are important to you, do not let your OWI charge go unchallenged. Call us today for a free consultation and let Grieve Law fight for you!

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