DUI Defense for CDL Holders

As a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, your livelihood is at risk when your driving rights are challenged. In addition to more stringent penalties, you can face a lifetime suspension of your commercial driver’s license for two DUI convictions, even if they were while driving your personal vehicle.

Attorney John W. Gibson defends commercial driver’s license holders charged with DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) or DAI (driving after imbibing) in Pennsylvania.

Please examine our Why You Should Retain a DUI Attorney page for some of the benefits of retaining an experienced DUI lawyer. For additional information about our qualifications and high level of personalized attention, please visit our Firm Overview page, or contact us for a free phone consultation to discuss your CDL and DUI matter.

DUI Laws for CDL Holders
(f) Commercial or school vehicles.—An individual may not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a commercial vehicle, school bus or school vehicle in any of the following circumstances:

(1) After the individual has imbibed a sufficient amount of alcohol such that the alcohol concentration in the individual’s blood or breath is:
(i) 0.04% or greater within two hours after the individual has driven, operated or been in actual physical control of the movement of a commercial vehicle other than a school bus or a school vehicle.
(ii) 0.02% or greater within two hours after the individual has driven, operated or been in actual physical control of the movement of a school bus or a school vehicle.
(2) After the individual has imbibed a sufficient amount of alcohol such that the individual is rendered incapable of safely driving, operating or being in actual physical control of the movement of the vehicle.
(3) While the individual is under the influence of a controlled substance or combination of controlled substances, as defined in section 1603 (relating to definitions).
(4) While the individual is under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance or combination of controlled substances, as defined in section 1603.

Penalties for CDL Holders Convicted of DUI
For a first offense, to:

(i) undergo imprisonment of not less than 48 consecutive hours nor more than six months;
(ii) pay a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000;
(iii) attend an alcohol highway safety school approved by the department; and
(iv) comply with all drug and alcohol treatment requirements imposed under sections 3814 and 3815.
Accelerated Rehabilitative Dispositions (ARD) are treated as convictions for the purpose of imposing CDL sanctions.

Two DUI convictions will result in a lifetime disqualification, and DUI convictions after September 30, 2005 involving personal vehicles are counted.

Debt Relief Attorney

Does financial strain have you at your wit’s end? Do you have a debt problem? Overwhelmed with debt? Are creditors harassing or threatening you?

Attorney John W. Gibson has over 25 years of experience representing clients throughout the communities in and around Downtown in need of debt relief services.

We understand your anxiety, and have the experience and compassion to provide you with the representation you seek. We are never judgmental, and will take the time to listen to and assess your situation and then offer experienced advice on your best course of action. For information about our firm, our qualifications, and the high level of personal attention we give every client, please visit our Firm Overview page.

Our Debt Relief Practice
Unlike many firms that focus solely on bankruptcy as a means of debt relief, we are a full-service consumer debt relief firm that provides the following debt relief services:

Negotiations Outside of Bankruptcy – If you like, we can negotiate a payment plan with your creditors outside of bankruptcy and can often provide favorable terms to facilitate a structured payment plan, unsecured debt consolidation, or debt settlement tailored to meet your specific needs.
Defending Collection and Foreclosure Suits – If you are being sued for a debt, harassed by a creditor, or threatened with foreclosure, we can help.
Credit Repair – We can assist you in repairing your credit and ensuring that credit agencies are accurately reporting your debts.
Consumer Bankruptcy – We can help you determine if filing bankruptcy would be beneficial and, if so, assist you in filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Defending Collection and Foreclosure Suits

Are you being foreclosed upon? Threatened with a wage garnishment? Are you sure you owe the money creditors are trying to collect? Are you being harassed by your creditors at home or at work?

Attorney John W. Gibson has over 25 years of experience defending clients throughout the Pittsburgh metro and surrounding areas in collection and foreclosure suits.

Ideally, it is advisable to contact us before a suit is initiated, as you may have more options available, including options outside of bankruptcy*. We offer a free phone consultation to discuss your issues and how we can help you. We offer the highest level of personal service, from an experienced attorney who is nonjudgmental. Our goal is to get you back in a position where you have breathing room and can once again enjoy your life.

For information about our qualifications and our service, please visit our Firm Overview page.

You May Not Owe Those Debts
In Pennsylvania, there is a four-year statute of limitations governing the collection of your debts. Unfortunately, many creditors or companies who purchase bad debt continue to threaten you or attempt to collect the debt. If you are being harassed over an old debt, contact us; we can assist you in determining if your debt is collectible and, if not, we can take steps to stop any collection and harassment regarding that debt.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act – FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the state equivalent (the Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act (FCEUA)) govern the conduct of debt collectors and unfair debt collection practices. If you are being constantly harassed, or if debt collectors are threatening you with jail or talking to your work associates or neighbors, they may be violating one of these laws. Learn your rights.