If you are facing commercial DWI charges, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights in court. Continue reading to discover the consequences of a commercial DWI in New Jersey.
What defines a commercial DWI in New Jersey?
A driver with a commercial driver’s license can be charged with a DWI if their BAC is .04% or more while operating a commercial vehicle. This is in comparison to individuals with regular licenses who can be charged with a DWI if their BAC is .08% or more.
What are the penalties for a commercial DWI in New Jersey?
A potential consequence for a first-offense commercial DWI includes a license suspension. If a commercial driver was transporting hazardous materials while they were pulled over for a DWI, they may not be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle for three years.
Second-offense commercial DWIs are not taken lightly in New Jersey. Being charged for a second time for transporting hazardous materials while under the influence may result in the individual being prohibited from operating a commercial vehicle at all in the future.
It is also important to note that CDL licensed drivers can be charged with a DWI if they are found driving a passenger vehicle while intoxicated if their BAC was .08% or higher. Offenders can face a suspension of their regular driver’s licenses from three to 12 months. They can also face a commercial license suspension for one year. Second-time offenders can lose their regular license for two years as well as being permanently revocated of their CDL. These consequences can have a large impact on their life and career.
Potential Defenses for a DWI
When it comes to being charged with a DWI, there are a number of potential defenses that your criminal defense attorney may approach. Our firm may be able to argue that the stop was illegal or that the arresting officers broke the 20-minute rule. They may also argue that the field sobriety tests were conducted incorrectly.
If you are facing charges for a commercial DIW, you need to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights in court. You need a legal advocate in your corner who understands the weight that these charges may have on your future. Our legal team will advocate for you by exploring all possible avenues of defense. Reach out to our skilled attorney today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.