Many people drive for a living. If your job involves driving, you may have a commercial driver’s license, also known as a CDL. If you receive a DWI with a commercial driver’s license, you may face serious consequences. These consequences can impact your livelihood as a result. Read on to learn more about CDL DWIs in New Jersey.
What Constitutes a CDL DWI in New Jersey?
Generally, in New Jersey, as a standard motorist, you will receive a DWI if you are pulled over while driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. But, the rules are even stricter for commercial drivers. As a commercial driver, you will receive a DWI if you are caught operating your vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content of .04% or higher. If you are arrested for a DWI with a CDL, you will most likely face the following penalties:
- You will receive a 3-month license suspension on your standard driver’s license.
- You will receive a 1-year commercial driver’s license suspension.
- You may spend up to 30 days in jail.
- You may have to spend up to 48 hours at the IDRC
- You will have to pay a $400 fine.
What are the Consequences of a CDL DWI with a BAC of over .10%?
Though you only need a BAC of .04% to get arrested for a DWI with a CDL, if you are caught operating a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .10% or higher, you can face even harsher penalties. This is because a DWI with an especially high BAC can be upgraded to an aggravated DWI charge. Some of the penalties you may face include:
- A 1-year standard driver’s license suspension
- A 1-year commercial driver’s license suspension
- A $500 fine
- Up to 48 hours at the IDRC
- A 30-day jail sentence
What Happens if I Receive a Second DWI with a CDL in NJ?
If you receive a second CDL DWI, you can lose your commercial driver’s license for life. As a repeat offender, you will face increased penalties, which may include:
- A 2-year standard license suspension.
- A $1,000 fine.
- A 90-day jail sentence.
- Up to 30 days of community service.
- Up to 48 hours at the IDRC.
If you are facing charges for a CDL DWI in New Jersey, you will need the help of an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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