DUI for Commercial Drivers

Drunk Driving Attorney Defending McHenry County Residents

Robert H. Hanaford is a McHenry County DUI lawyer who represents commercial drivers and other people who are being prosecuted for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Illinois. With more than 30 years of experience from which to draw insights, Mr. Hanaford guides defendants through the legal process from start to finish. He is committed to assisting other members of his community in their times of need.

Mr. Hanaford has been certified through the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standard Field Sobriety Testing course. This is the same program in which all qualified DUI police officers receive training. NHTSA sets the national standard for administering field sobriety tests that police officers are expected to follow—but often do not.

Guidance for Commercial Drivers Facing DUI Charges

The penalties are steep for anyone convicted of a DUI in Illinois. They are particularly significant for commercial drivers, who could lose their right to make a living behind the wheel. It is important to understand the restrictions on drinking and driving, to know your rights if you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, and to consult an experienced McHenry County DUI lawyer if you are charged with a crime.

Truckers, delivery drivers, and others with commercial licenses are subject to stricter limits on their blood alcohol content than other motorists. A person’s BAC depends on a number of factors, including how much and how fast they drink, not to mention their weight and how much food they have consumed. The general BAC limit for drivers in Illinois is .08 percent. This means that a driver whose BAC is above this level is likely to be charged with DUI. For drivers operating commercial vehicles, however, the legal limit is .04 percent.

There are two ways in which the police may test a driver’s BAC: roadside breathalyzer tests and chemical, blood, breath, or urine examinations. A driver who is pulled over on suspicion of DUI has the right to decline to take a breathalyzer test. In the event that the driver is later arrested and charged with DUI, however, he or she will automatically have his or her license suspended for failing or refusing to take a chemical test after the arrest. For commercial drivers, the suspension also applies to their Commercial Driver’s License. A commercial driver who is convicted of a second offense risks losing his or her CDL for life.

However, officers are required by state and federal laws to have a reasonable suspicion of a traffic offense in order to pull over a driver. They also need a reasonable suspicion of DUI to ask a driver to take a breathalyzer and probable cause that a crime has been committed in order to make an arrest. Mr. Hanaford scours evidence and witness testimony to test whether police officers have lived up to these responsibilities in every case. He works to get BAC test results thrown out in the event that they have been unlawfully obtained.

Contact an Experienced DUI Lawyer in McHenry County

Robert H. Hanaford uses a variety of strategies to help clients defend drunk driving charges, including by ensuring that police officers follow the law in making stops and arrests. With offices conveniently located in Chicago and Fox River Grove, our firm proudly serves people in Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Cary, Lake in the Hills, Woodstock, McHenry, and Fox River Grove, among other communities. Mr. Hanaford also represents defendants who need a drunk driving attorney in Cook, Kane, and Lake Counties, including in Arlington Heights, Palatine, Barrington, and Elgin. You can contact McHenry County DUI attorney Robert H. Hanaford online or by calling the Chicago office at (312) 899-9020 or the McHenry County office at (847) 516-5297. For emergencies and to set up a free consultation, call Mr. Hanaford’s cell phone at (312) 636-4807.