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%.
As of September 30, 2005, the penalties for driving while intoxicated became harsher.
In order to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Improvement Act, the New Jersey state legislature amended the penalties for CDL holders who get a first or subsequent DWI even when a non-commercial vehicle was used during the offense. Since Commercial Drivers Licenses are a creation of the Federal Government, there are separate penalties imposed on CDL drivers convicted of DWI in addition to the penalties imposed from the State.
So, 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.
Being convicted of Refusal to submit to a breath test also carries a mandatory CDL suspension.
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.
Out of state convictions also trigger this provision. If any conviction for DWI or Refusal appears on your driver history, as long as the conviction is based on laws similar to New Jersey’s, those convictions will be considered prior offenses that will enhance your sentence.
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 DUI defense attorneys at Levow DWI Law have proven time and again that DWI / DUI charges related to CDL drivers, can be beaten. You need the most aggressive defense possible to save your license and job.
Contact the lawyers at Levow DWI Law now. We offer a free consultation, and we will get started on your defense immediately. Please do not hesitate to call us. There is no obligation. Call 1-877-789-7552 or fill out our contact form today.