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What if I refuse a breath test while in a commercial vehicle?

In a previous post, the consequences of being charged with driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol were examined. However, if you are a commercial vehicle driver, it is important to understand all of the laws as well as the potential consequences of other offenses related to drunk driving. For example, you should be aware of the penalties you may face for refusing a breath test while driving a commercial vehicle in Fort Myers, or any other city across the state of Florida.

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, if you refuse to take a breath test while driving a commercial vehicle, you will be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle for no less than one year. Furthermore, you will not have the right to obtain a hardship license. Once your disqualification has expired, your can have your commercial driver's license reinstated by paying the appropriate fee.

If you are accused of breath test refusal or any other offense related to driving while intoxicated, your life may be impacted in many ways. Aside from fines and prison time, your career could be derailed as well. You may lose your job or have a hard time finding a new position due to drunk driving charges. Because of the serious nature of these charges, it is essential to identify the most sensible course of action.

This information was put together to shed light on the operation of commercial vehicles and breath test refusal and should not be interpreted as legal counsel.

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