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Minneapolis Commercial License DWI Lawyer
Are You at Risk of Losing Your Commercial Driver’s License?
As a commercial driver, your commercial driver’s license (CDL) is your livelihood. Without it, it can be difficult to earn a living. For this reason, it is imperative that you secure an aggressive defense if you have been charged with DWI in Minnesota. Whether you were arrested for DWI while operating a commercial vehicle or a non-commercial vehicle, you could be at risk of losing your CDL privileges.
The Minneapolis criminal defense attorneys at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. have been representing commercial drivers against a wide range of DWI charges since 1983. We know what it takes to win a difficult case. If you are at risk of losing your commercial driver’s license, we encourage you to find out how we can help.
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How Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. Can Help You
If you have been arrested for DWI as a commercial driver in Minnesota, now is the time to take action. Depending on the facts of your case, you could be facing more than just CDL disqualification; a first-time DWI offense may also result in a 90-day jail sentence and up to $1,000 in criminal fines.
Why Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. Should Be Your First Choice!
- Our lead attorney is a Board Certified criminal law expert
- We possess more than 100+ years of collective legal experience
- Our firm has handled hundreds of jury trials in the state
- We are available 24/7 – we’ll be there when you need us
- Both of our partners have experience as state prosecutors
Disqualification of CDL Privileges in Minnesota
In Minnesota, commercial drivers are prohibited from consuming alcohol while they are on-duty or within four hours of going on duty. While the same DWI laws apply to off-duty commercial drivers as non-commercial drivers—meaning that they cannot operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater—the legal limit is even lower for on-duty commercial drivers.
You could lose your CDL for least one year if one of the following is true:
- You drive a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04% or greater
- You drive a commercial vehicle while under the influence of drugs
- You refuse to submit to an alcohol or drug test after an arrest
- You use a commercial vehicle to commit a felony offense
- You leave the scene of an accident involving your commercial vehicle
- You drive with a revoked, suspended, canceled, or disqualified CDL
While the legal limit for on-duty commercial drivers is .04%, you can still be put out of service for 24 hours if any detectable amount of alcohol is found in your system. You should also know that you could lose your CDL privileges for life if you are convicted of a second DWI offense, so it is imperative that you retain the help of a CDL DWI lawyer in Minneapolis as soon as you have been arrested.
Don’t wait to get the help you need – call our firm today for a FREE, no-risk consultation.
1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!
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Attorney Joseph Tamburino is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, achieved by only 3% of Attorneys
We have represented thousands of clients and we have handled hundreds of jury trials
Our attorneys have worked as prosecutors and public defenders throughout the state
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