Given the dangerous outcomes of driving under the influence, the state of North Carolina issues serious consequences for violations of this law. For CDL license holders, the repercussions of a DUI may immediately impact their job and career.
People facing DUI charges and who rely on driving for a job may benefit from knowing what could happen to their license. With adequate education, they can begin to strategize their next steps.
Conditions of suspension
Depending on the circumstances of each case, authorities may suspend or revoke someone’s license. Suspension means a person’s driving privileges are temporarily removed, whereas a revocation means complete termination of privileges. According to The North Carolina Department of Transportation, driving under the influence or operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license are both reasons people could have their driving privileges removed.
Sometimes, CDL operators facing a DUI charge may have the option of petitioning for a lesser consequence to their actions. They may receive approval to operate a vehicle on a limited license for purposes of maintaining their job only. However, the conditions for such an exception are stringent.
If people do receive a license suspension or revocation, they should proactively address the situation with their employer. The North Carolina Department of Transportation recommends that people notify their employer within two days if they lose their driving privileges. During this conversation, people may address their options for potentially changing roles or undertaking a modified list of responsibilities until they can correct the situation. If an employer does not want to retain an employee accused of DUI, that worker may need to consider other job alternatives.
A DUI can have a serious impact on a worker’s career, especially when driving is a key part of the job description. However, careful planning and resolving to improve driving habits may help people charged with DUI to maintain their career despite the unprecedented circumstances.