CDL Suspensions for DUI in Oregon

CDL Suspensions for DUI in Oregon 2017-04-14T19:34:00+00:00

CDL Suspensions for DUI in Oregon

CDL Suspensions for DUI in Oregon can be very challenging for drivers who need CDLs (Commercial Driver Licenses) for their employment. A CDL holder who fails or refuses a breath test after arrest for DUI will have an Implied Consent driver’s license suspension which will also affect their CDL. A CDL will also cause a driver who might otherwise be eligible for Oregon’s DUI Diversion Program to be ineligible (even if the driver was in their own personal vehicle and not a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the DUI). If the CDL holder pleads guilty or “no contest” to the DUI or is found guilty of DUI following a trial, there will be a driver’s license suspension imposed and that suspension will affect the CDL as well. This means that a CDL holder arrested for DUI is looking at at least two driver’s license suspensions, and either one will cause a CDL suspension.

Administrative CDL Suspensions for DUI

The CDL Suspensions for DUI in Oregon based on Implied Consent while operating a commercial motor vehicle are as follows:

  • BAC failure (0.04 BAC or greater): 1-year CDL suspension with no eligibility for a hardship permit.
  • BAC failure (0.04 BAC or greater) while transporting hazardous materials: Lifetime CDL suspension with no eligibility for a hardship permit.
  • BAC failure (0.04 BAC or greater) enhanced due to prior DUI: 3-year CDL suspension with no eligibility for a hardship permit.
  • Breath, Blood, or Urine Test refusal: 3-year CDL suspension with no eligibility for a hardship permit.
  • Breath, Blood, or Urine Test refusal while transporting hazardous materials: 5-year CDL suspension with no eligibility for a hardship permit.

Criminal CDL Suspensions for DUI

The CDL Suspensions for DUI in Oregon based on a DUI conviction while operating a commercial motor vehicle are as follows:

  • 1st conviction: 1-year CDL suspension with no eligibility for a hardship permit.
  • 1st conviction while transporting hazardous materials: 3-year CDL suspension with no eligibility for a hardship permit.
  • 2nd or subsequent conviction: Lifetime CDL suspension with no eligibility for a hardship permit.

If your employment, your career, and your family are dependent on commercial driving privileges, it’s critical that you contact an experienced DUI attorney very early on in your case to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to protect your interests.