What Are the Consequences of Commercial DWIs in New Jersey?

The consequences of commercial DWIs can be severe, and can even cost someone their livelihood. Do not wait to reach out to our firm if you have been charged. Our dedicated New Jersey criminal defense attorneys are prepared to fight for you and your future.

What is considered a commercial vehicle in New Jersey?

There are certain qualifications a vehicle must meet in the state of New Jersey for it to be considered a commercial vehicle. If an individual drives any of the following, they will be eligible to receive a commercial license:

  • A truck with double or triple trailers
  • A truck with a tank
  • A truck carrying hazardous materials
  • A passenger vehicle

What is the difference between a commercial DWI and a regular DWI?

Commercial vehicle drivers are held to a higher standard of care, which means that they may face more severe penalties if charged with a commercial DWI. Those with a regular driver’s license can face DWI charges if they are pulled over with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. However, if an individual is driving a commercial vehicle, he or she can be charged with a DWI if their blood alcohol concentration is .04% or higher.

What are the consequences of commercial DWIs in New Jersey?

New Jersey takes commercial DWI offenses very seriously. If this is your first offense and you were caught by law enforcement with a blood alcohol concentration of .04% or higher, you will likely face the following consequences:

  • A 3-month suspension of your driver’s license
  • A 1-year CDL license suspension
  • Up to 48 hours at the intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC)
  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • Up to $400 in fines

It is important to note that if you are pulled over with a blood alcohol concentration of .10% or higher, you will face even more severe consequences. If this is your second offense, you can lose your license, which can have a detrimental effect on those who drive a commercial vehicle for a living. If you have been charged, do not wait to reach out to our firm today. Our skilled New Jersey criminal defense attorneys have the experience required to fight on behalf of you and your future.

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