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Does a DUI Make You Ineligible for a CDL in New York?

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Driving under the influence is irresponsible regardless of the vehicle you drive. Not only does it put you at risk of a crash but it endangers others on the road. Those who are found guilty of driving under the influence may also face harsher penalties if they wish to apply for a commercial driver's license (CDL). Read on to learn more.

What Can Disqualify a CDL Applicant?

First and foremost, anyone with a suspended, revoked, or canceled driver's license is not eligible for a CDL in New York. This is particularly true for those whose licenses have been revoked as a result of a DUI/DWI conviction. Two or more DUI convictions may make you entirely ineligible to obtain a CDL in the future.

However, if you are found guilty of DUI/DWI and have an open case with the Division of Human Resources (DHR), you may still be eligible for a CDL, provided that you meet certain criteria. This includes attending a DHR-approved education program, providing evidence of good character, and successfully completing the necessary tests.

Furthermore, implied consent laws for commercial vehicle drivers make them much more susceptible to random drug and alcohol screenings throughout the duration of their employment. Refusing to submit to an alcohol test can disqualify a motorist from being able to obtain a CDL. That said, repeat offenders may not be eligible for a CDL under any circumstances.

It is important to note that the laws regarding obtaining a CDL after a DUI/DWI conviction in New York can change anytime. It is best to stay aware of the current regulations and contact an attorney if you have questions about your eligibility for a CDL.

New York Trucking Accident Attorneys

Truck drivers are held to a much higher standard than other motorists and for good reason. These drivers are entrusted with the responsibility of operating a vehicle weighing upwards of 80,000 pounds, which can do catastrophic damage if not done so responsibly. The Paris Law Group, PC holds these negligent individuals accountable for their actions and the damages they cause. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, call (888) 365-4940 to discuss your options.