As a truck driver or a commercial driver, you will pride yourself on your ability to drive competently, safely and efficiently. You’ll view yourself as a responsible driver who takes the safety of others seriously. However, if you have recently been arrested on DUI charges, it’s likely that this has thrown everything into question.
DUI convictions can prevent anyone from driving for a significant amount of time, even if they are not earning their wages from driving. As a professional driver, a DUI arrest or conviction could ruin your career prospects for the foreseeable future. The following is an overview of what you can expect after your arrest.
Remember that an arrest is not a conviction
Many innocent people are arrested on the suspicion of a crime. You will always be innocent until proven guilty, and you will have the opportunity to defend yourself. However, it is important to note that when applying for a job in the future, you may be required to disclose any arrests you have been subject to in the past.
A DUI conviction will likely end your driving career
Professional drivers are subject to extremely high standards when it comes to competence and responsibility. So much so, that truck drivers are held to higher DUI standards than other drivers, and should not consume any alcohol whatsoever for a certain amount of time before operating a truck. Therefore, anyone who has been convicted of a DUI in their personal life will find it very difficult to show that they have the responsibility necessary to drive safely as a professional driver.
Getting your DUI expunged
If you have been charged with a DUI in the past, you may need to go through the expungement process so that you can pursue your driving career.
If you have been arrested due to DUI charges, make sure to take action to defend yourself aggressively.