Wisconsin commercial drivers may have their license suspended in Wisconsin for a variety of offenses including serious, major, out of service offenses, or railroad crossing violations. If you have had your license suspended, revoked, or disqualified for any reason your employer must be notified within two business days. Recently on our DUI forum a driver asked, “If I have been convicted of DUI in the last year will I be able to get a Wisconsin CDL license?”
What is a major offense in Wisconsin?
As mentioned above, there are several offenses which will result in a CDL disqualification. Keep in mind, it does not matter if the crime was committed in your commercial vehicle or your personal vehicle; you will still lose your Wisconsin CDL license.
If you are arrested and convicted for DUI in Wisconsin you will have your CDL suspended. If you are driving your commercial vehicle and you refuse to submit to a blood alcohol concentration test after a DUI arrest or if your blood-alcohol concentration is over the CDL legal limit you will also lose your CDL license. Keep in mind, the refusal and testing over the limit can result in a disqualification of your Wisconsin CDL even if you are NOT convicted of DUI.
If your license is suspended for testing too high or not submitting to a blood alcohol test you may be allowed to challenge the suspension by requesting an administrative hearing. If you are considering challenging the suspension you may want to discuss your case with a DUI lawyer. Challenges must be made within a specified time period. Information should be sent to you detailing your hearing rights.
Other reasons your Wisconsin CDL can be disqualified can include:
- Involvement in an accident resulting in death due to negligent operation.
- Leaving the scene of an accident.
- Causing a fatality during the operation of a CMV.
- Committing a felony using your CMV.
- Operating your commercial vehicle without a valid Wisconsin CDL license.
- Transporting controlled substances.
How long will my Wisconsin CDL be disqualified?
Drivers convicted of their first DUI will have their license suspended for one year. A hazardous materials conviction, however, will result in a three year suspension. If a Wisconsin driver is convicted of a second DUI they will have their Wisconsin CDL suspended for life.
How do I check the status of my Wisconsin CDL?
For more information about the status of your Wisconsin CDL you can visit www.dot.wisconsin.gov. This website is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. They can provide information about whether your license is valid, disqualified (CDL holders), suspended, or revoked. You will need your social security number and birth date to access your driving information.
So to answer the driver’s question, if he has received a DUI in the last year he will not qualify for a Wisconsin CDL license.
Do I need a DUI lawyer to protect my Wisconsin CDL?
Unfortunately, if you are a commercial driver and you are arrested in your commercial or personal vehicle for DUI it can have severe consequences for you and your ability to continue to work. If you would like to challenge your DUI arrest, talk to a DUI lawyer for more information.
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