CDL DUI in New Hampshire – A Charge that Could Last a Lifetime

Posted by Ryan Russman | Oct 29, 2013 | 0 Comments


Getting a commercial driver's license is a big deal. For many, it is necessary to operate equipment, large vehicles, and ultimately to sustain and care for a family. A CDL can be the means to a paycheck. It is also a privilege. For many New Hampshire residents studying and taking the DMV course on commercial driving is essential to getting a job. When your commercial driver's license is at risk with a DUI charge, your income and way of life could instantly suffer.

Commercial Driver's License Disqualification

In New Hampshire, those wishing to operate vehicles on a commercial scale are required to take and pass the CDL test provided by the Division of Motor Vehicles. The training for this test is often supplied by an employer. During your training you will learn how about:

  • Drug and Alcohol testing
  • Insurance requirements
  • Driver qualifications
  • Hazardous materials transportation
  • Accessories and implements needed to operate a commercial vehicle
  • Reports and maintenance

You will also need to receive specialized training for operating large vehicles, big rigs, and specialty automobiles. It takes time, effort, and dedication to comprehend the responsibilities surrounding a CDL. With all the time spent in getting and keeping a license, what would have to happen for a CDL disqualification?

  • You could be suspended for one year with a first time conviction for your CDL resulting from a DUI.
  • Second DUI convictions result in a permanent CDL disqualification.

It doesn't take much for all of your hard work to be immediately revoked. DUI and CDL laws in New Hampshire are especially stringent when it comes to driving and operating vehicles; even more severe than laws for non-CDL drivers. If tested with a BAC of .04% you could be convicted of a CDL DUI. The margin for error is very narrow for those who have a commercial driver's license and operate a vehicle under the influence.

A NH DUI Could Destroy Your Chances for a Job

Since the margin is so low, many CDL holders find themselves in a quandary. What happens to the drivers who have been falsely accused of drinking? What about inaccurate sobriety tests? How do you remove a DUI charge when you have a CDL?

The answer seems simple, but many who have a CDL and DUI may not know the answer. New Hampshire DUI attorney Ryan Russman suggests you hire a skilled and experienced attorney to fight for your side of the story in court. Without a knowledgeable attorney, you could lose your job permanently. If you are convicted and you lose your CDL privileges, your chances of working with commercial vehicles could be destroyed completely.

It's a common occurrence for sobriety testing to go awry. With years of experience in the field, Russman, who is board-certified in all sobriety testing methods, has assisted hundreds of individuals wrongly accused of a DUI. A suspension or revocation could just be the beginning. A court may also order a convicted individual an extended stay in prison, alcohol management courses, or parole.

Get Assistance from New Hampshire DUI Attorney Russman

A CDL disqualification can change your life for the worse. Why wait for that to happen? As soon as you have been charged with a DUI, talk to Ryan Russman. His past experience and deep level of knowledge on DUI and DWI laws in New Hampshire will show you that he knows what he is talking about. A CDL DUI conviction can stop your way of life. Don't let it.

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About the Author

Ryan Russman

Attorney Ryan Russman has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of New Hampshire citizens. His practice, based in Exeter (Rockingham County) New Hampshire, is limited to cases involving DWI and DUI, other motor vehicle and criminal cases, and many cases involving personal injury. He is, however, best known as one of New Hampshire's leading legal authorities on DWI.


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