Under Georgia law, a commercial driver's license (CDL) is needed for anyone wishing to drive most large-scale commercial vehicles. Because of the added responsibility that comes with having a CDL, a CDL holder may be subject to more stringent penalties under the law. Unlike passenger car license holders, when a person's CDL is suspended, revoked, or cancelled, they cannot receive a limited use permit or a probationary license to drive other commercial vehicles. In addition to the penalties imputed for driving with a suspended normal license, the most common ways that person can lose their CDL are: alcohol and drug violations, traffic violations, and failure to notify. While a CDL is considered a national driver's license, in that a person possessing a CDL from any state is licensed to drive commercial vehicles in all 50 states, in the event a person loses their CDL in one state, they cannot apply for a new CDL in another state. In the event that a person receives a lifetime suspension from their CDL, the Georgia Department of Driver Services can reduce that amount to ten (10) years in the event that the applicant furnishes proof of rehabilitation. Because the Georgia Department of Driver Services offers some degree of discretion in suspension sentences, it is important to consult an attorney to receive the best advice and representation possible. At Miller & Brown, P.C. we strive to provide the best possible representation, so that you may receive fair and honest treatment in court. As with any serious motor vehicle violation, it is important to discuss your charge with an attorney to find out more about your rights and defenses. If you would like to speak to one of our criminal defense attorneys regarding a CDL suspension, or any other criminal concern, please call our office at (770) 461-2025.