What to Know About Commercial DWIs in New Jersey

If you drive for a living, you likely have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). If this is the case, it is important to understand the consequences of a commercial DWI. Read on to learn more about CDL DWI charges in New Jersey.

What is a Commercial Driver’s License?

Certain drivers will need to obtain a commercial driver’s license. Those who need this type of license include those who drive:

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

Commercial DWI vs DWI

Because commercial vehicles may be more difficult to drive, these drivers are held to a higher standard. If you have a regular driver’s license, you may face DWI charges if you are pulled over with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. But, if you are driving a commercial vehicle, you may be charged with a DWI if your BAC is .04% or higher.

Penalties for a Commercial DWI?

CDL DWIs carry heavy consequences. If it is your first offense, and you are pulled over with a BAC of .04% or higher, you may 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

If your BAC is .10% or higher, you will face even higher charges. If you are charged with a CDL DWI for a second time, you may lose your license, which means also losing your livelihood. Do not let this happen. If you are facing charges for a commercial DWI in New Jersey, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Reach out to our firm to discuss your case today. We will explore all possible avenues of defense.

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