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Will the DMV suspend my commercial driver's license for a DUI?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Sep 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yes. And the suspension times are harsh...

A first-time DUI by a commercial driver in Nevada carries a one-year-long suspension of his/her commercial driver's license (CDL). However, the suspension is increased to three years if he/she was transporting hazardous materials at the time.

Furthermore, any successive DUI by a commercial driver will cause his/her CDL to be suspended permanently. In other words, a second-time DUI can end someone's career as a commercial driver in Nevada.

Note that it does not matter whether the CDL-holder is driving a personal vehicle at the time of the DUI in Nevada. A commercial driver still stands to get his/her CDL suspended even if he/she drives drunk while off-duty and driving a non-commercial vehicle.

Also note that getting a DUI will also cause the driver's personal driver's license to be suspended as well:

  • A first-time DUI carries a 90-day suspension.
  • A second-time DUI carries a year-long suspension.
  • And a third-time DUI carries a three-year-long suspension.

Read more information about Nevada Commercial DUI Laws.

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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