Consequences of a DWI with a Commercial License in New Jersey

Consequences of a DWI with a Commercial License in New Jersey

Many people drive for a living. Often, these individuals are issued commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). It is important to understand that the standard for a DWI charge while driving a commercial vehicle is higher than when driving a non-commercial vehicle. In New Jersey, you will face DWI charges if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or higher, but if you are driving a commercial vehicle, you can be charged with a DWI if you have a BAC of just .04% or above. A DWI with a CDL can greatly impact your livelihood. Read on to learn more about CDL DWI charges in New Jersey.

What Happens if I Recieve a CDL DWI in New Jersey?

If you receive a CDL DWI, you may face the following:

  • 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

DWI charges are tiered. If you are pulled over with a BAC of .10% or higher on your first offense, you will face even harsher consequences, including:

  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Up to 30 days of incarceration
  • Up to a 1-year suspension of your driver’s license
  • A 1-year CDL suspension
  • Up to 48 hours at an intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC)

For a second DWI with a CDL in New Jersey, you will be seen as a repeat offender and you will risk losing your license forever, which, in this case, also means losing your livelihood. The consequences of a second DWI with a CDL in New Jersey are as follows:

  • A 2-year suspension of your standard driver’s license
  • Up to 48 hours at an intoxicated driver resource center (IDRC)
  • Up to 90 days of incarceration
  • Up to 30 days of community service
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

If you are facing charges for a CDL DWI, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our firm understands that people make mistakes and we will fight for you. Reach out today to discuss your case with a dedicated criminal defense attorney. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can build your case.

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Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC is an experienced Camden County criminal defense law firm located in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. We understand how potentially damaging a criminal can be, which is why we pride ourselves on our willingness to fight for our client’s rights. Our firm handles all criminal matters and is ready to provide you with our knowledgeable legal counsel. Do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.

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