Everything You Need to Know About DWI Charges for CDL Drivers



    It is illegal for anyone to drive while intoxicated in the state of New York. This is not just the law for regular passenger car drivers, but those who operate commercial vehicles and obtain a commercial driver’s license as well.  In the event that they do, drivers can receive a DWI charge. When this happens, a driver’s livelihood and future can be at risk. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York DWI defense attorney for assistance with your case.

    What is a Commercial Vehicle?

    In the state of New York, a commercial vehicle must meet the following criteria: 

    • Have a function of transporting 15 or more passengers
    • Have a function of transporting certain hazardous materials
    • Weigh more than 26,000 pounds
    • Be defined by Vehicle and Traffic Law as a Bus

    Consequences of a First-Offense CDL DWI

    Individuals who are charged with a DWI can face consequences under any circumstances. Those who have a commercial driver’s license can face more severe consequences. For those with a CDL, they can be arrested if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04% or higher. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, offenders can face certain fines, jail time, and even a license suspension. It is important to understand offenders can receive a suspension of their CDL and standard license. If the driver was arrested for a DWI while they were transporting hazardous materials, it is possible to lose their CDL for up to three years.

    What Happens if I’m Convicted of a Second CDL DWI?

    When a person is convicted of a second CDL DWI in New York, they can lose their standard driver’s license for a long time. This is in addition to high fines. It is also possible that they can lose their CDL for at least 10 years. This can impact a person’s livelihood significantly, which is why it is crucial to retain the services of an attorney who can fight for you.

    Contact our Firm

    Criminal matters can change the course of your life forever. This is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively combat your charges to help mitigate their long-term effects. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to assist you.

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