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Some Potentially Successful Strategies for Fighting CDL DUI Charges?

If you get charged with drunk driving and you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you may be very worried about losing it. It is the license that allows you to perform your job duties. As a commercial driver, losing this license will almost certainly mean losing your primary source of income.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can challenge a drunk driving arrest and seek to avoid a conviction so that you can keep your commercial driver’s license. Below are a few things to keep in mind, depending on what happened during your particular arrest-related circumstances.

Questioning field sobriety tests

Police officers may have given you field sobriety test like the one-leg stand or the walk-and-turn test. These tests can be used to determine some level of driving impairment, often before a breath test is administered. But there are many reasons why a test could provide an inaccurate conclusion. Perhaps the officer didn’t perform the test the way that they were supposed to. Maybe they never got the right level of training. Or perhaps you simply had other factors that caused you to fail the test. Maybe you were sick, or perhaps you suffered from some type of neurological injury or disorder. Maybe you were simply tired from a long day at work. There are plenty of things that can cause you to fail field sobriety tests that have nothing to do with alcohol.

Questioning breath tests

If you did take a breath test, you can also potentially challenge that result. Do not assume that the results of the test are etched in concrete. For example, maybe the breath test hadn’t been calibrated properly, so it was unreliable. Maybe the officer wasn’t trained or didn’t administer the test correctly. Perhaps the breath test device that was used wasn’t legally approved by the state, so the results can’t be used in court. Or, once again, perhaps there were outside factors influencing the results. An example of this could be if you burped during the test or if you recently used mouthwash.

Protecting your license

These are just a few examples of ways that you can challenge evidence during a drunk driving case. Be sure you know what legal options you have to protect your CDL. Seeking legal guidance is a good way to start.

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