What Are the Consequences of a Commercial Vehicle DWI in New York?

New York takes DWI charges seriously, so you can imagine that a DWI while operating a commercial vehicle will result in harsh consequences. Reach out to our firm today if you were charged to retain a skilled New York criminal defense attorney.

What is a commercial vehicle in New York?

There are certain qualifications a vehicle must meet in the state of New York for it to be considered a commercial vehicle. A vehicle must meet one of the following factors:

  • It must be defined by the Vehicle and Traffic Law as a Bus
  • It must be used to transport 15 or more passengers
  • It must transport certain hazardous materials
  • It must have a gross weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds

If you are unsure about whether or not your vehicle counts as a commercial vehicle in New York, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. At The Law Office of Carl Spector, our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that you have the information needed to protect yourself and your future.

What are the consequences of a first-offense DWI in a commercial vehicle in New York?

DWIs are taken very seriously in New York. With that being said, if you are a commercial driver and are arrested for driving a vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration of .04% or higher you will most likely have your license revoked. It is important to note that non-commercial drivers are penalized for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% and above. Additionally, if at the time of your arrest, you are found to have been transporting hazardous materials, you will most likely lose your commercial driver’s license for three years.

Furthermore, in the event that you are under the influence when you are pulled over by law enforcement, refusing a breathalyzer test will cause more harm than good. In most cases, you will lose your commercial driver’s license for 18 months and you will likely lose your standard license for a period of time as well. If you were charged, you will need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact our firm today to get the support you need.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.