If you are facing DWI charges while operating a commercial vehicle, you may face severe consequences in New Jersey. Continue reading to learn the potential penalties you may face. If you require assistance with your charges, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.
What is a commercial DWI?
When a driver is caught driving with a BAC of .04% or more with a commercial driver’s license while operating a commercial vehicle, they will be charged with a commercial DWI. This is not to be confused with drivers 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?
When a driver is charged with a first-offense commercial DWI in New Jersey, they will likely have their license suspended. However, if the commercial driver was also transporting hazardous materials at the time of their DWI, they may have their commercial driver’s license suspended for three years. Second-offense CDL DWIs while transporting hazardous materials may result in the individual being prohibited from operating a commercial vehicle at all in the future.
CDL DWI offenders can also face a suspension of their regular driver’s license from three to 12 months if they are found driving a passenger vehicle while intoxicated and their BAC was .08% or higher. They can also face a commercial license suspension for one year. If this occurs more than once, offenders can lose their regular license for two years and have their CDL permanently revoked.
What are the potential defenses for a DWI in New Jersey?
There are various potential defenses for DWI charges in New Jersey. Your criminal defense attorney may 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.
It is important that you retain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has experience handling cases such as yours. You deserve a legal advocate in your corner who will fight for your rights in court. Our legal team is prepared to assist you today. We will explore all avenues of defense on your behalf. To learn more about how our firm can assist you, give us a call today to schedule your initial consultation.
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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.