• Commercial (CDL) DWI


    Truck drivers with a CDL are subject to different standards when it comes to drinking before or while driving. What a conviction can do is affect your ability to make a living for you and your family, so the goal is to not be convicted of DWI or you could have difficulty finding a job in a field that has anything to do with driving. In many cases, any job requires a clean criminal record.

    If you have been charged with DWI while you were driving a tractor trailer or another vehicle requiring you to have a CDL, you need to talk to your attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are preserved and that you receive the best possible defense. Depending on the circumstances in your case, it is possible that your case could be dismissed or you could be acquitted, allowing you to move forward with your life.


    At the Ramsay Law Firm, PLLC, we do not want to see anyone lose their method of making a living. In Minnesota, a truck driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .04 can be charged with DWI. This is half of the state’s limit of .08. This is because the state holds truck drivers to a much higher standard. They are driving much larger vehicles, which are more dangerous on the road. They have to be more vigilant, ensuring that they do not hit any vehicles on the road because a crash with a large truck has a higher chance of being deadly.

    When building a strategic defense for you, your Minneapolis  & St. Paul DWI attorney will look at all aspects of the case. For instance, if field sobriety tests led to the charge, you may have been tired from driving a long distance. There are many reasons why a police officer may suspect you to be drunk although establishing a blood alcohol concentration of .04 takes very few drinks and does not typically constitute drunkenness.


    No matter what the reason behind the charge, you can count on dedication to your case to increase the chances that you will be back on the road as soon as possible doing what you love. At the Ramsay Law Firm, PLLC, we will work hard to protect your interests so that you do not have to pay the harshest penalties or any of the DWI penalties.

    In most cases, truck drivers are first time offenders and that means the penalties are minor, but the conviction can still result in job loss. We want to see you keep your job and will do everything possible to ensure you do that.


    As a truck driver, you know how important it is for you to hang on to your CDL. Without it, you can no longer do the job that you love and may have to choose a career that limits your earning potential. A commercial DWI affects more than just your current job, but it can affect future jobs.

    Commercial drivers are held to a different standard than non-commercial drivers, as they are driving very large vehicles that are dangerous on the roads. It is important that the individuals behind the wheels of these vehicles exercise extreme caution when driving, as one mistake can be fatal and not necessarily for the truck driver.

    If you have experienced a CDL arrest due to alleged DWI and your CDL is now at risk, it is your right to fight the charges. When you have a qualified Minneapolis DWI attorney with you every step of the way, you increase the chances that you will be able to resume your career.


    Non-commercial drivers must have a blood alcohol concentration under .08 percent. However, a commercial driver must not have a blood alcohol concentration over .04 percent.

    A commercial driver found to have alcohol in their system is one who is prosecuted aggressively since this offense is taken very seriously. As stated before, large commercial vehicles are dangerous vehicles due to their size. In the case that an accident does occur and someone else is injured or killed, the consequences become much more severe than the commercial DWI itself.


    For a first-time offense, a commercial driver may lose their CDL for a period of one year. A second DWI offense, however, will result in a lifetime loss of one’s CDL. Furthermore, a commercial driver does not receive a work permit like a non-commercial driver can. The reason is because part of the punishment is suspension or revocation of the CDL and commercial driving is the job.

    Another consequence can involve fines. Your St Paul DWI attorney will work with you to try and avoid these consequences. While they may not seem as severe due to only being able to have two offenses before receiving a lifetime ban and no more offenses being allowed to occur after that (unless driving without a CDL, which has a different set of consequences), it is still ideal to have legal representation. Without that representation, it is possible to face the maximum consequences when you don’t have to.