Evidently, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is unacceptable. But this is especially the case if your job is to drive a commercial motor vehicle. Doing so may constitute a commercial DUI, and with that comes many life-altering consequences. Follow along to find out what is considered a commercial driver’s license DUI and how a proficient Spring Valley DWI defense attorney at The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway can help you fight off the penalties you are facing.
First of all, it is important to understand what is considered a commercial vehicle by New York law. A commercial vehicle will meet the following criteria:
As a basic driver, a law enforcement officer may charge you with a DWI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) level is tested to be at 0.08 percent or higher. However, New York has stricter standards when it comes to commercial drivers. That is, a law enforcement officer may charge you with a DWI if your BAC level is tested to be 0.04 percent or higher.
Put simply, your commercial driver’s license will likely be revoked after receiving a DWI in New York. For a first offense, your commercial driver’s license may be revoked for one year. If you were transporting hazardous materials at the time of your offense, then this revocation will increase to three years. And if you refused to submit to chemical testing, then this revocation will increase to 18 months. On top of this, your standard driver’s license will be revoked.
As for your second offense, your commercial driver’s license will be revoked for at least 10 years. On top of this, your standard driver’s license will be revoked. And since your capability to obtain work is contingent on your capability to operate a commercial motor vehicle, your job opportunities will subsequently be diminished.
In addition to your commercial and basic driver’s license revocations, you may be up against the following penalties:
This is why it is imperative that you retain the services of a talented Rockland County criminal defense attorney as immediately as possible. We will build a legal strategy that is relevant to the circumstances of your offense. Call us today.