What are the Consequences of a DWI for a Commercial Driver in New Jersey?

When a person wants to drive a commercial vehicle, such as a bus or tractor-trailer, they must have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This specific license is required so that the drivers understand how to safely operate these massive vehicles. One of the rules that must be followed on the road, just like all other drivers, is not operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Doing so can endanger all individuals on the road and result in a DWI. CDL drivers face serious consequences if they were driving a commercial vehicle OR their own personal vehicle while under the influence. 

What are the Consequences for a CDL Holder?

If a CDL driver is operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04% or higher, or is under the influence of drugs, they can be charged with a DWI. A CDL driver who is operating a commercial vehicle and refuses to take a breath test will be charged with a refusal. If convicted of these offenses, the CDL driver is subject to the following penalties:

  • A CDL suspension of one year for first-time offenders if convicted of DWI or Refusal.
  • A CDL suspension of three years for first-time offenders if convicted of DWI or Refusal and they were transporting hazardous materials.
  • Second-time offenders may be prohibited from operating a commercial vehicle for life.

Individuals with a CDL can be charged with a DWI if they are operating a passenger vehicle as well. This may be the case if their BAC was .08% or higher, if they are under the influence of drugs, or they refuse to provide a breath sample. The following are consequences an individual may face in these situations:

  • First time offenders may face a regular driver’s license suspension between four and 12 months and a CDL suspension for one year.
  • Second time offenders may face the suspension of their regular license for a minimum of one year and the permanent revocation of their CDL.

DWI Defenses in NJ

When facing DWI charges in the state of New Jersey, it is crucial to hire an experienced and aggressive attorney who knows what various defenses that may be available for you. 

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If you or your loved one has been charged with a DWI, having an experienced criminal defense team available to advocate on your behalf is crucial. The Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. is here to help. Contact our firm today.