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10. Commercial Drivers With DUI Suspensions

Tougher DUI Laws

garbage truckThe best Napa DUI attorneys will explain to you that California law changed in 2005 to comply with federal mandates tied to highway grant money, so that most commercial drivers (Class A or B licenses, or endorsements) now face a mandatory one-year loss of commercial driving privileges upon conviction for a first offense DUI or DMV suspension. Vehicle Code Section 15300. A driver with a second such incident or combination of certain other convictions likely faces lifetime loss of commercial driving privileges if convicted of a new DUI in court, or suspended by Napa DMV, or both, if the prior date of arrest was after September 20, 2005. Vehicle Code Section 15302.

Restricted Noncommercial License

Most commercial drivers who suffer the one-year loss of commercial privileges may elect to obtain a restricted Class C license during this period, but then the commercial license may be re-obtained only after successfully re-applying and passing all of the written and drive tests again, and resubmitting all required documentation (whereas waiting out the one-year suspension without obtaining a Class C license during that time typically would allow a driver to simply resume his/her commerical privileges without re-qualifying).

Although most drivers can obtain a restricted Class C license under the same eligibility guidelines as other Class C drivers, your Napa DUI attorney should explain to you that there is no hardship exception for Class A or B commercial privileges during the one-year commercial suspension following a Napa DUI, even in the most compelling situations of personal or economic catastrophe.

The best way to avoid such a suspension is to hire a local Napa DUI attorney to try to beat the DMV, and beat the Napa County court case or obtain a reduction of criminal charges. Typically you and your Napa DUI lawyer must win both the DMV case and the court case to completely protect your commercial driving privileges.


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Dave Jake Schwartz is an Honors Graduate from UC Hastings Law School, and UC Davis, former Federal Judicial Clerk, and Nationally Qualified Sobriety Tests Practitioner. Member of the California Bar for 30 years, Wine Country resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of North Bay DUIs and DMV hearings: first/multiple offenders, minors, seniors, tourists, undocumented immigrants, veterans, probation violations, suspended license, public intoxication, open container, minor in possession, child endangerment, collisions, hit and run, evading, resisting arrest.



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