Defending Professional Drivers In DUI Cases
While driving under the influence (DUI) charges are serious for everyone, they are even more grave for truck drivers. For a truck driver or any other professional driver requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL), that license is essential for employment. If you are a professional driver, your DUI defense is a fight to protect your livelihood.
I am DUI defense lawyer William V. Cristman. At my St. Albans firm, Cristman Law Office, PLLC I provide representation for clients throughout Northern Vermont. I have 15 years of experience and a track record of success. I can help defend you against these charges, avoid CDL revocation and protect your future.
The Law Regarding Commercial Driving And DUI Charges
For most drivers, the legal blood alcohol or breath alcohol content required for a DUI charge is 0.08 percent. For CDL drivers, the limit is half of that: 0.04 percent while on duty. When not driving your truck, you are subject to the same 0.08 percent standard, though you still risk losing your CDL if convicted for DUI while not driving your truck. Commercial drivers receive an automatic one-year CDL suspension for DUI convictions.
While the legal alcohol limits are lower and the stakes generally higher for CDL truck operators, defeating a DUI charge is the same. As an experienced DUI defense lawyer, I will explore all aspects of your case to position you for a successful defense:
- Breath and blood tests: The DataMaster DMT used for taking breath tests, as well as the procedure by which Vermont administers the tests, are highly problematic. There are problems with the blood testing procedures used by Vermont police, as well. I am an attorney with a wealth of knowledge and experience I can put to use to render Breathalyzer and blood-testing evidence inadmissible.
- Roadside tests: The standardized roadside sobriety tests used by the Vermont police are not in accord with the national standards, the police usually perform the tests improperly, and the tests themselves — even when administered properly — are highly questionable as indicators of intoxication.
- Illegal searches and seizures: In many DUI cases, the police violate the driver’s right to be free from unnecessary search and seizure, and all evidence obtained in this fashion is inadmissible in court.