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What Happens if I Get a DUI With a CDL in California?

There are few things worse than being arrested and charged with a DUI. Unfortunately, the consequences of a DUI are often even harsher if you were under the influence at the time you were operating a commercial vehicle. Please continue reading and reach out to our Red Bluff criminal lawyer to learn more about DUI with CDL charges in California and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What BAC do I need to be arrested for a DUI with a CDL in California?

When law enforcement suspects that someone is operating their vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will often require the person to take a breathalyzer test. If they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher, they will receive a DUI. That being said, truck drivers are held to an even higher standard. If you are found to have a blood alcohol concentration of even .04% while you were operating your commercial vehicle, you can receive a DUI.

What happens if I’m convicted of a first-offense DUI with a CDL in California?

If you are arrested and convicted of a first-offense DUI with your commercial driver’s license, you will face a wide array of very serious penalties that will impact your life for years to come. For example, you will face a potential high fine, you will lose your commercial driver’s license for up to one year, you may go to jail for up to six months, and you will have to participate in an alcohol education program.

What happens if I’m found guilty of a second DUI with a CDL?

Unfortunately, if you get a second DUI with a commercial driver’s license in California, the penalties you face will be even harsher. The consequences of a second DUI with a CDL in California are as follows:

  • Up to one year of incarceration
  • A high fine
  • Participation in an alcohol education program
  • The lifetime revocation of your commercial driver’s license

Rather obviously, a second DUI with a CDL will have a devastating impact on your livelihood, among other aspects of your life. If you are currently facing DUI charges in California, you can depend on our Red Bluff criminal lawyer to fight for you. Give our firm a call today.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.