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Commercial Vehicle Or CDL DWI

New Jersey has always been tough on drunk drivers, especially those who drive for a living. If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), the legal Blood Alcohol Content limit is 0.04%, not 0.08%.

And as of September 30, 2005, the penalties for driving while intoxicated got a whole lot harsher.

What Are The DWI Penalties For Drivers With A CDL?

If you have a CDL, the laws in New Jersey have dramatically changed for you. You can find the statute’s full text here.

In order to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Improvement Act, the state legislature has amended the penalties for CDL holders who get a first or subsequent DWI even when a non-commercial vehicle was used during the offense.

If you are convicted of a first DWI, no matter what vehicle you were driving, you will lose your CDL for one year. This suspension is mandatory in addition to the penalties you will receive under the DWI statute.

Penalties For A First Offense

Penalties For A First Offense (BAC Of 0.10% Or Higher)

  • Basic driver’s license suspension up to one year
  • CDL suspension for one year
  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Possible jail time of 30 days
  • 12 hour Intoxicated Driving Program course

Penalties For A Second Offense Or More

  • Basic driver’s license suspension of two years
  • CDL suspended for life
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Jail time up to 90 days
  • 48 hour IDP course in detainment
  • Community service up to 30 days

Being convicted of Refusal to submit to a breath test also carries a mandatory CDL suspension.

Are There Other Penalties?

New Jersey’s courts may assess additional penalties in certain situations.

If you are convicted while transporting hazardous materials, or simply if your vehicle displays a hazardous material placard, your CDL will be suspended for three years.

What If I Was Convicted Out-Of-State?

Out of state convictions also trigger this provision.  If you are convicted in another state, that state will report the conviction to New Jersey.  If you have a CDL, but were not driving a commercial vehicle in that other state, New Jersey will still suspend your CDL for one year.

On a second conviction, your Commercial Driver’s License will be revoked for life, although you may apply for it to be reinstated after a period of ten years.

Contact New Jersey’s Commercial Driver’s License DWI Lawyers

Some drivers may be able to live with a suspended license. But if you hold a Commercial Driver’s License, a conviction threatens the very foundation of your livelihood.

The experienced defense attorneys at Levow DWI Law have proven time and again that these charges can be beat. You deserve the most aggressive defense possible, raised by New Jersey’s leading DWI experts. Good thing you found us.

Contact the lawyers at Levow DWI Law now. We offer a free consultation, and you can begin fighting your charge today. Don’t hesitate to call us; there’s no obligation. Call 1-877-735-2288 or fill out our contact form.