What Happens to MY CDL After a DWI?

By Jeff Kennedy

What Happens to MY CDL After a DWI?

The state of Texas takes DWIs seriously—there can be serious consequences for even a first-time DWI conviction. 

Driving over the limit is illegal for private drivers, and it’s also a big problem for commercial drivers who rely on their CDLs to earn a living. Many wonder what exactly happens to their CDL after a DWI in Texas

Read the below to learn more. If you’ve been arrested, reach out to a DWI lawyer with The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy for help fighting back. 

The Impact of a DWI on Your CDL in Texas

Losing your Texas CDL could lead to losing your entire livelihood. So what happens to your CDL after a DWI conviction in Texas?

To get a better idea, consider the case of a first-time offender busted for driving a commercial above the legal BAC limit (.04 for CDL drivers; .08 for everybody else). 

Even a first-time conviction for a DWI in Texas—a Class B misdemeanor—can have serious consequences, to include:

  • A potential 180 days stint in county jail
  • A fine of up to $2,000
  • Potential suspension of your CDL for up to a year

There are several factors at play when it comes to the fate of your CDL specifically. For example, losing your hearing with the DPS (Department of Public Safety) generally assures the loss of your CDL for one year. 

However, if you were arrested while transporting toxic or hazardous materials, you could face a possible three-year suspension. Finally, if you have a prior DWI conviction, you could potentially lose your CDL for good. 

Keep in mind that legally hanging on to your CDL doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to get a job as a CDL driver in the future, as trucking companies tend to be cautious about hiring drivers with DWI records. Consider hiring a DWI expunction or DWI sealing lawyer to help return to normalcy after a DWI conviction.

Looking to Avoid Conviction? Call a DWI Lawyer

A DWI lawyer with The Law Firm of Jeff C. Kennedy can give you the best chance of clearing your name and avoiding the consequences of a DWI conviction. 

Call us at 817-605-1010 or fill out the form below with your contact information to learn more. 


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