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Professional Driver Convicted of DUI in Michigan

Question: What happens to a professional driver (CDL holder) who is convicted of DUI in Michigan?

Answer: If you have a commercial driver’s license in Michigan and you’re convicted of operating while intoxicated, it would mean a one-year suspension of all your CDL privileges, regardless of what happens with your operator’s license. So typically, in an operating while intoxicated conviction situation, if someone didn’t have a CDL, they would only have to worry about—only, I say—having their license suspended for, a hard suspension for 30 days followed by 150 days with restricted driving privileges. Whereas if you have a commercial driver’s license, there’s a whole year where you’re not allowed to drive a commercial vehicle. So it has a much more drastic impact on our CDL clients.