Commercial Drivers (CDL)

Driving is a necessity for almost everyone in Colorado, but it is your meal ticket if you drive for a living, especially with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). We understand the seriousness of your pending DUI charge as it relates to your commercial driver’s license.

There is a separate revocation for drivers in Colorado who hold a commercial endorsement. In this scenario, the Colorado DMV will open up two cases, one for the regular driver’s license action and one for your CDL. If you are found to have been driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04 or more, you face a one-year revocation for a first-offense. C.R.S. § 42-2-126(3)(d). If the vehicle was carrying hazardous materials, the revocation of the CDL is for three years for a first-offense. C.R.S. § 42-4-125(2). Any second CDL violation results in a lifetime revocation. 49 C.F.R. 383.51.

A driver with a Colorado CDL faces at least a year revocation if he or she loses her DMV hearing or is convicted of a DUI or DWAI in court. Drivers who have a CDL endorsement also face a driver’s license revocation for driving a non-commercial vehicle, even for personal use. Any DUI, DUI per se, or DWAI conviction will result in a one-year revocation of a CDL. C.R.S. 42-2-403(1); 49 C.F.R. 383.51. A second offense results in a lifetime CDL revocation. C.R.S. 42-2-403(1); 49 C.F.R. 383.51.

If you are concerned about losing your CDL due to a recent DUI arrest in Colorado, call Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. today. Our DUI defense team has experience defending clients facing the loss of their CDL in Colorado due to a DUI arrest.