The Massachusetts DUI law has stiff penalties for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. Operating Under the Influence convictions can result in a one-year or lifetime CDL disqualification whether the DUI offense occurs in a CDL motor vehicle or not. Also, chemical test refusals also count as violations which may result in a CDL revocation or disqualification.
Under the Massachusetts CDL disqualification law, there is a minimum mandatory one (1) year license revocation for DUI Alcohol or Drugs, leaving the scene of an accident, refusing the breathalyzer, and using any motor vehicle in the commission of certain felonies. These violations will count against your CDL whether or not they were committed in a commercial motor vehicle or passenger car.
Driving with a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04 or above will also result in a one (1) year CDL suspension or disqualification. Certain Massachusetts drug offenses such as manufacturing, distribution, or trafficking of a controlled substance or the possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute will generate a lifetime CDL disqualification or license suspension.
Under the Massachusetts CDL Suspension Law, certain serious traffic offenses will result in mandatory CDL disqualification / suspension.
It is usually very difficult, but not always impossible, to successfully appeal a Massachusetts CDL license suspension. These revocations and disqualifications are mandatory and the Registry of Motor Vehicles does not have discretion. Likewise, the RMV Board of Appeal usually closely follows the law in CDL license suspension or disqualification appeal cases. If you have lost your Massachusetts commercial driver’s license, please contact me today for a free review of your case and legal consultation. Depending on your situation, I may be able to get your CDL restored.