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San Francisco Bay Area CDL Defense Lawyer

San Francisco CDL Defense Attorney

Board Certified DUI Attorney Assisting Commercial Truck Drivers with Legal Problems in San Francisco

If you are a commercial driver with a Class A or Class B driver's license in California, major moving violations can severely impact your future. For example, a driver with a commercial license that is arrested for drunk driving is subject to fines, penalties, possible jail time, and a one-year driver's license suspension for just a first-time DUI. Other traffic violations can also lead to suspension hearings and the potential loss of your livelihood. If you are a commercial driver facing the loss of your license, you need a skilled commercial driver's license (CDL) defense attorney by your side fighting hard to protect your rights.

Since 1985, Burglin Law Offices, P.C. has helped CDL holders in Marin County and throughout northern California who have wound up in legal trouble because of DUI and other types of moving violations. Attorney Paul Burglin co-authors California Drunk Driving Law, a two-volume legal guide that is frequently referenced by less-experienced lawyers who are defending commercial license holders charged with DUI. Because of his in-depth experience and successful track record, Paul is the "go to" attorney for DMV hearing officers, judges, and prosecutors when someone close to them is facing legal problems for DUI and related matters.

CDL Defense in California

Attorney Burglin handles all types of legal issues for commercial drivers, including but not limited to:

  • CDL DUI: A CDL license holder can be arrested for DUI in California with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of only .04 (while operating a commercial vehicle) – less than half the legal limit for a motorist operating a private vehicle. Penalties for DUI are more severe for commercial drivers, including a lifetime commercial driver's license revocation for a second DUI conviction within a 10-year period.
  • Physical and Mental License Revocation Hearings: In addition to administrative hearings resulting from a DUI charge, the California DMV may also take action to suspend the commercial license of a motorist with a physical or mental condition that may affect their ability to safely operate a vehicle. This type of action is often related to a DUI charge, as reasons for such a hearing can include alcohol or drug abuse or the use of medications.
  • Negligent Operator Suspensions: CDL holders can have their driver's license suspended or revoked by being declared a "negligent operator" by the California DMV. This happens when you accumulate "points" on your driving record for both major and minor moving violations. Points may be added to your driving record for violations such as speeding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended or revoked license, hit and run, and DUI convictions.

Attorney Burglin has extensive knowledge of California DUI laws and related statutes that impact commercial drivers, and he employs the most effective defense strategies to minimize the negative consequences. He can represent you at your DMV administrative hearing, as well as during your commercial DUI criminal proceeding.

Speak with a San Francisco CDL Defense Lawyer

Commercial driver's license holders depend on maintaining their license to keep their job. DUIs and related legal problems can result in the loss of driving privileges and seriously jeopardize your livelihood. Attorney Paul Burglin understands what is at stake, and he knows how the system works and what steps to take to ensure a favorable outcome. To schedule a free personalized consultation with attorney Burglin, contact our office today at 415-729-7300. We serve clients throughout the Bay Area, including Marin County, Tiburon, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Larkspur, San Rafael, Novato, San Anselmo, and Fairfax. We handle locals and tourists cited in the wine country including Sonoma and Napa, as well as those cited in San Francisco, Oakland, and Martinez.
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