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I have a CDL. How will my Rhode Island DUI arrest affect me?

Posted by Matthew Marin | Jul 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Commercial drivers licenses are subject to federal law. The federal laws regarding CDL licenses provides that if you are convicted of a DUI or refusal to submit to a chemical test in Rhode Island, you will automatically lose your CDL license for a minimum of one year. The loss of the CDL license is automatic upon conviction and it does not matter whether the offense was committed in a commercial vehicle or non-commercial vehicle. A second alcohol related conviction would result in an automatic lifetime loss of CDL privileges.

If you have been convicted of a DUI charge and you lost your CDL license for the minimum period of one year, after your Court ordered suspension is over you may have your regular operators privileges reinstated without the CDL endorsement.

The law regarding commercial drivers licenses can be extremely complex and it is vitally important that your legal representative be experienced in this area so that your rights are protected and you are fully informed of your options and the potential consequences. If you or a loved one has a CDL and has been charged with DUI or any other alcohol related traffic violation, contact Attorney Matthew Marin for experienced legal advice and representation. We are available 24/7 to discuss your case and provide detailed recommendations to help navigate your legal issues. Call us at 401-228-8271 or contact us via email at [email protected].

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Matthew Marin

Attorney Matthew T. Marin is a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer with an outstanding track record in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With expertise in DUI/DWI, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar crimes, he is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. A "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Attorney Marin is committed to staying current with the latest legal developments and giving back to his community through pro bono work.


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