What happens to my CDL if I am charged with a DWI?

Individuals who operate a commercial truck must acquire a specialized license. They must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Drivers with this type of license are held to a higher standard than individuals with standard-issued driver’s licenses. This is because of the potential threat commercial trucks pose to other drivers on the road. If a commercial truck is not driven safely and properly, serious collisions and injuries could result. Commercial trucks are considered dangerous because of their large size and density. Drivers must abide by the rules of the road to ensure other drivers’ safety. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious criminal offense. In the unfortunate event, you do not abide by these rules and are charged with a DWI, contact an experienced Rockland County DUI Attorney who can defend your rights. 

What penalties could CDL holders face for a DWI?

A DWI is no laughing matter. Being charged with a DWI is a serious criminal offense. Individuals convicted of a DWI will face significant punishment. One of those consequences may include license revocation/suspension, heft fines, and possible jail time. 

In New York, individuals with a CDL will face severe penalties for a DWI conviction. CDL holders are held to a higher standard on the road. If a law enforcement officer pulls you over because they suspect you are impaired, they will ask you for a breath, blood, or urine sample to test your blood alcohol content (BAC). If you have a BAC of .o8% or higher, you are over the legal limit. However, if you are driving a commercial truck with a CDL and your BAC is .04% or higher, you will be charged with a DWI. If this is your first offense your license will be suspended for up to a year. If you are operating a commercial truck that is transporting hazardous materials, you will likely lose your CDL for up to three years. As a CDL holder, if you are charged with a DWI, you will face severe consequences.

What happens if this is my second offense?

If this is your second offense, you will lose your CDL for at least 10 years or more. You will also lose your standard license for some time. Other consequences may include losing your job. Trucking companies do not typically re-hire individuals who have been convicted of a DWI because any truck they drive will have increased insurance rates. Truck drivers need this specialized license to do their jobs, without it they cannot accomplish their job requirements.

If you have been charged with a DWI as a CDL holder, don’t hesitate to contact one of our determined and dedicated attorneys. Our exceptional team members can defend your interests. We are committed to helping you reach favorable results.