WILL I LOSE MY COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE IF I GET A DWI?
Posted: September 13, 2017
Whether you are an average citizen or a commercial motorist, a first-time DWI conviction in Missouri will result in a maximum jail sentence of six months, fines of up to $500, and license suspension of up to 30 days. However, commercial drivers will face additional penalties associated with their ability to operate commercial motor vehicles.
A DWI is considered a “major violation,” whether a commercial driver is operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) or a non-CMV. A commercial driver will be charged with a DWI for having a BAC of .04% or greater, as opposed to the legal limit for .08% or higher for citizen drivers.
The first offense for a major violation results in a one-year disqualification. If, however, the first offense was committed while the driver was operating a commercial vehicle and transporting hazardous materials, it is punishable by a three-year disqualification.
The second offense for a major violation results in a lifetime disqualification. The driver may be eligible for reinstatement—under certain conditions—after ten years.
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