What Happens if I Get a DWI With a Commercial Driver’s License in New York?

Our country relies on commercial drivers to transport people, merchandise, and more to their destinations. Unfortunately, though all drivers know it is illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it does not stop everybody from doing it. If you were caught driving under the influence, you are most likely now facing extremely serious penalties that could dramatically change the course of your life. Fortunately, our firm understands that everyone makes mistakes, and we are here to help. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, please read on and reach out to our experienced New York DWI attorney to learn more about your legal options going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens if I get a first-offense DWI with a CDL in New York?

Generally, in New York State, you will receive a DWI if you are arrested with a BAC of .08% or greater. However, if you are a commercial driver, all it takes is a BAC of .04% to receive a DWI charge. If you receive a DWI with a CDL, you risk losing your commercial license for one year. Additionally, if you refuse to submit to chemical testing, you will most likely lose your CDL for 18 months, and if you were transporting hazardous materials while you received your DWI, you can even lose your CDL for up to three years. It is also worth noting that when your commercial license is suspended, your standard driver’s license will also be suspended.

What are the consequences of a second DWI with a CDL in New York?

If you are convicted of a second DWI with a CDL, you are facing career-ending penalties, which is why you must retain the legal assistance of an experienced attorney as soon as you can. For a second DWI with a CDL in New York, you may lose your license for at least 10 years. Additionally, you will most likely have to pay overwhelming fines. To top it all off, you will most likely be denied your right to a hardship license that enables you to get yourself to work and school. If this is your second CDL DWI, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced, compassionate firm for reliable criminal defense when you need it most. We are ready to fight for your rights.

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Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.