Can you lose your CDL for infractions in your own car?

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2022 | Commercial Drivers/CDL Tickets

You are well aware that you can use your lose your commercial driver’s license for infractions committed while on the job. For instance, a truck driver who is found driving under the influence is likely going to lose their CDL and not be able to continue their career.

But do you also have to worry about this when you’re off the clock and driving your personal car? Maybe you always adhere to the rules very strictly when you are working, but you had one too many drinks when you were out with friends and you got a DUI on the way home. Will this also make it so that you can’t continue your career?

You can lose your license

The truth is that any sort of drunk driving conviction could cause you to lose your CDL, at least temporarily. There are very strict regulations that must be followed and these are taken quite seriously. It’s important to understand that you need to follow these regulations to the letter, whether you are on the job or not.

At the same time, you certainly don’t want one mistake where you had one too many drinks to end your entire career by causing you to lose the license that allows you to work. This could make a DUI far more expensive for you than it would be for someone else who simply had to pay fines and get their personal license back at the end of the suspension.

As such, if you are facing these types of complications and you’re worried about losing your license and your career, it’s important to understand all of the legal options at your disposal.