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Will drunk driving make you lose your commercial license?

If you have an Oregon commercial driver's license, you likely know how important it is to keep your driving record clean when you are operating your work vehicle. However, you may risk losing your commercial license for certain driving infractions that occur when you are operating your personal vehicle. If you receive a conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance, you may lose your license for at least one year, no matter what vehicle you were driving at the time.

According to the Oregon DMV, you may receive a commercial license suspension for one year for your first DUII conviction. If you are driving a commercial vehicle hauling hazardous materials, the penalty for the first conviction may increase to a three-year suspension. A one-year suspension may also occur if you receive a conviction for driving a commercial vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or above. The one-year suspension penalty may apply if you fail an alcohol test, whether driving a private or commercial vehicle. Refusing to submit to an alcohol test may receive a three-year suspension.

Oregon has high penalties for repeated DUII offenses as well. You may receive a lifetime suspension of your commercial license following a second DUII conviction. In some cases, you may be able to apply for a reinstatement of your license after 10 years of suspension. However, if you do receive a new commercial license and then get another conviction for DUII (or another driving offense), you may lose your license permanently with no possibility of reinstatement.

This information provides an overview of the possible consequences of DUII convictions for commercial drivers, but it should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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