Commercial DWI Lawyer in Denton
Texas laws hold commercial drivers who hold a CDL to a higher standard than other motorists. After a DWI conviction, you will lose your CDL for as much as a year. For any additional drunk driving convictions, you will lose your commercial license permanently. Even if you only have one DWI on your record, it is probably enough to keep you from getting hired by most commercial trucking companies.
To protect your future and your ability to earn a living, you need the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg. We can protect your rights and fight for you.
Contact us today at 214-696-9253 to schedule a free consultation with a commercial DWI lawyer in Denton.
How Can a Commercial DWI Lawyer in Denton Help Me?
As a CDL holder, you may never be able to work as a commercial driver again if you have a DWI conviction on your record.
Our attorneys can ensure the protection of your legal rights. We can also fight the charges, helping to protect your future and your ability to work as a commercial driver.
Both personal and commercial DWI charges in Texas have a criminal and a civil component. The criminal aspect of the charges involves going to court, entering a plea, and proceeding through the rest of the process—which may involve a trial to determine your guilt or innocence.
In addition to the criminal component, you must also attend a civil proceeding that determines the suspension of your personal and commercial driver’s licenses. This process, which includes a DMV hearing, goes forward even if the prosecutor drops the criminal charges against you.
When you choose us to assist you in your commercial DWI case, you get the peace of mind that comes with having a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense firm on your side. With more than three decades of experience in the Texas criminal justice system, Attorney Randall B. Isenberg understands how to build a strong case on your behalf. He will lead our team in fighting tirelessly for your legal rights and to protect your CDL.
We will immediately go to work analyzing the facts and evidence of your case, with the goal of identifying any potential problems, errors, or violations of your legal rights. We can use this information to negotiate with the prosecutor to have your charges reduced or dismissed, or we can petition the court to have flawed evidence thrown out.
We will answer your questions and ensure you understand your options—and what they mean for your future.
What Happens If I Receive a Conviction for a Commercial DWI in Texas?
State law allows police to charge you with commercial drunk driving if your BAC registered at 0.08 or more while you were driving a personal vehicle or if your BAC registered at 0.04 or more while you were driving a commercial vehicle.
In Denton and throughout Texas, the penalties for a commercial DWI conviction are significantly harsher than those for personal drunk driving charges. No matter what type of vehicle you were driving at the time of your arrest, you will face these charges if you hold a CDL. The only variable is what type of charges you will face.
For a first-offense DWI in which you drove a personal vehicle, you will face between three days and six months in jail fines up to $2,000. If your BAC registered at 0.15 or above, you will likely face additional charges, more jail time, and higher fines.
In addition, you must pay court costs and fees and attend an alcohol safety education course. The judge may also give you probation and community service and require you to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicles.
Will I Lose My CDL?
No matter what type of vehicle you drove at the time of your arrest, you will face commercial disqualification penalties for your CDL.
Upon your first DWI conviction, you will lose your CDL for one year. You will also lose your CDL for one year if you refuse to submit to chemical testing for BAC. If you drove a commercial vehicle carrying hazardous materials at the time of your arrest, you will lose your CDL for three years.
Upon your second DWI conviction, you will lose your CDL permanently. You will also lose your commercial license permanently if you refuse to submit to chemical testing for BAC after you have a DWI conviction on your record.
Our attorneys can help you fight the charges against you so you do not have to face these harsh penalties.
How Will a Lawyer Fight the Charges?
Our legal team will choose defense strategies based on the facts and evidence of your case. Some of the most common tactics we may consider include questioning whether the police had reasonable suspicion of a crime when they pulled you over or whether they established probable cause before arresting you and administering chemical BAC testing.
Similarly, any chemical testing for BAC must comply with published guidelines. For example, breathalyzer equipment must meet minimum standards for testing, maintenance, calibration, and inspection. If the police failed to maintain the equipment, we may be able to have your test results declared inadmissible in court.
We understand how to build a strong case on your behalf. Our legal team will fight tirelessly to get your charges reduced or dismissed. If necessary, we will take your case to court to fight for your future and your ability to keep your CDL.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Commercial DWI Lawyer in Denton.
Do not risk your future livelihood by pleading guilty to commercial DWI charges or trying to fight this legal battle on your own.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg offers free consultations and case reviews for clients facing commercial drunk driving charges in Denton. This will allow you to understand your options and get answers to all your questions.
Contact us at 214-696-9253 to learn more about how our commercial DWI lawyers can help you.