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When may semi-truck drivers face drunk driving charges?

Semi-trucks are an important part of commerce in Nevada and across the nation. Whether they are delivering oranges from Florida, apples from Washington or any other sort of goods manufactured in the United States, because of semi-trucks, companies are able to get their products to store shelves nationwide.

That being said, due to their size and weight, operating a semi-truck takes care. Semi-truck drivers must obtain a special driver's license that shows they can competently and safely operate their vehicles. Moreover, there are federal regulations that state how long a semi-truck driver can be on the road before having to take a rest break.

In addition, when it comes to drunk driving, semi-truck drivers have a heightened duty of care. Under Nevada law, motorists operating a standard vehicle who have a blood-alcohol content level of 0.08 or greater will be charged with drunk driving. However, when a person is operating a commercial motor vehicle, and has a blood-alcohol content level of 0.04 or greater, he or she could be charged with drunk driving. Moreover, a person operating a commercial motor vehicle could be charged with drunk driving even if as many as two hours has passed since they were in control of a commercial motor vehicle and they have a blood-alcohol content level of 0.04 or greater.

Most semi-truck drivers take their duty of care very seriously. They do not want to be the cause of an accident that could hurt others and cost them their jobs. Therefore, they drive in a reasonably prudent manner and do not break the law. Unfortunately, if they are charged with drunk driving, they are facing an uphill battle. Not only do they risk fines and possible jail time if convicted, but they could lose their driver's license -- and therefore, their job. To avoid these negative consequences, semi-truck drivers who have been charged with drunk driving should take the steps necessary to develop a strong criminal defense strategy.

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