Protecting Commercial Drivers Accused of Drunk Driving
When your livelihood depends upon your ability to drive, allegations of drunk driving are particularly worrisome. If you can't drive, you can't work.
At the law firm of Rittgers & Rittgers in Warren County, Ohio, our lawyers provide aggressive criminal defense representation to protect commercial drivers who are facing OVI charges. If you have been accused of drunk driving, even while driving a passenger vehicle, your commercial driver's license (CDL) is at risk.
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Our criminal defense lawyers can help protect your future and your financial security. Contact our offices today to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.
Our Attorneys Understand the Stakes for Commercial Drivers Accused of OVI
The penalties for an OVI conviction require a license suspension. For a first-time offender, the suspension lasts from one to three years — but most people are eligible for a reinstatement of driving privileges after 15 days.
This is not the case for people with commercial driver's licenses, who will be unable to drive throughout the suspension period. For a first-time offense, even if the offense occurs while driving a passenger vehicle, a person with a CDL who is convicted of OVI will be unable to drive commercial vehicles for the entire suspension period.
Once the license suspension is complete, a commercial driver with an OVI conviction may still have difficulty finding work. Most insurance companies charge exorbitant rates to insure drivers with an OVI conviction — which means that many companies refuse to hire these drivers.
Furthermore, with a second conviction for OVI at any point, a CDL will be permanently suspended. There is no time limitation or restriction — 20 years could pass, and the second conviction would still result in a permanent suspension.
Accordingly, it is particularly important for commercial drivers to have competent representation when handling OVI charges. The stakes are simply too high to take any chances.
Call 513-932-2115 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our OVI defense lawyers.
We will provide zealous representation to protect your CDL and your professional reputation. Call us today, or contact our offices through email to schedule a confidential consultation.