CDL DWI Lawyer St. Louis. Holders of commercial drivers’ licenses in Missouri are held to much higher standards when it comes to driving while intoxicated, and for good reason. Most St. Louis drivers do not want to get behind the wheel and worry that drivers of large trucks or vans are dangers to themselves and others on the road. If you are the holder of a CDL, and you are caught driving while intoxicated even in your own personal car, you could be facing the potential loss of your CDL–and thus your livelihood–for a long period of time, even if it your first offense.
Combs Law Group is an experienced St. Louis criminal defense law firm who specializes in DWI cases. They have a proven track record of fighting zealously for their clients, while giving them the personal attention and communication their clients deserve. Our firm invites you to take a look at some of our previous results: you’ll find that those results compare favorably to any major firm in the St. Louis area, and those firms cannot promise that when you work with them you will always speak with an attorney about your case, never a paralegal or assistant. Call Combs Law Group today at (314) 900-HELP to schedule a free, no-obligation case review.
CDLs, DWIs, and You
In Missouri, the requirements for a commercial drivers’ license are appropriately much stricter than a normal drivers’ license. Driving a large truck, bus, or other commercial vehicle is not an easy task, and the state wants drivers to be adequately trained and aware of the responsibilities that come with being able to pilot one of these vehicles. Prospective commercial drivers have to take both one or more special knowledge tests as well as several driving skills tests, depending on the class of license they are applying to drive. Accordingly, both the laws and punishments for driving while intoxicated are much more serious when the accused holds a CDL.
St. Louis commercial drivers face a minimum one-year CDL revocation if they are pulled over and accused of the following:
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a blood-alcohol content of .04% or higher
- Driving a personal vehicle with a BAC of .08% or higher
- Refusing a blood-alcohol test
- Driving a CMV under the influence of another controlled substance
In addition to the suspension of your CDL, if convicted of a DWI your regular driving license will be suspended for a minimum 30 day period. You will also be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which has maximum penalties of six months in jail and a $500 fine attached to it. In addition, those convicted of DWI may be required to pay for and install an ignition interlock device on one or more of their vehicles, as well as see their insurance premiums drastically increase. If they were to apply for the reinstatement of their CDL when said year’s suspension expires, they must also successfully retake all applicable written and practical tests.
Some of our recent DWI/DUI Victories
Our personalized approach to DWI defense has given our clients successful outcomes like these:
St. Louis County man with previous DUI arrests avoids felony charges.
St. Louis County man with multiple past convictions has DWI charges reduced.
Contact A St. Louis CDL DWI Lawyer Today
While being convicted of a DWI is not something anyone would want to have happen to them, for the holder of a CDL this sort of conviction presents a special problem. If you are a commercial driver accused of driving while intoxicated, your livelihood will likely instantly go away seeing as you drive to work and suddenly cannot do so anymore. As such, hiring a top St. Louis DWI lawyer for your Missouri CDL DWI case is critical.
At Combs Law Group, our approach to DWI cases (including CDL DWI cases) is different than other St. Louis DWI law firms. When you hire us, you will get a firm that is willing to look for a fight and deliver the results you expect. Our firm will work tirelessly to minimize the impact a DWI has on your life and career and allow you to keep your hard-earned reputation. Contact them today to schedule a consultation and to learn more about what to expect when you hire the top St. Louis CDL DWI attorneys at Combs Law Group.