Commercial Driver DUI in Carmel
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While New York State takes a serious approach to punishment for driving under the influence, the penalties for drivers with CDL licenses are even stricter. If you were arrested for DWI, DUI, or DWAI while driving a commercial vehicle, the first thing you should do is to contact a qualified Carmel DWI attorney to maintain your livelihood.
Consequences for DUI with a CDL License
Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs results in stiffer penalties for people with CDL licenses, even if you were not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the incident. The period of time that a license will be suspended depends on the type of offense. In addition, when the license is suspended or revoked, there is no eligibility for a hardship license, as is often possible with a standard driver’s license.
Your CDL may be suspended or revoked if the driver is:
- Operating a commercial vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .04% or higher
- Operating any motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Refusing to submit to BAC testing
CDL Suspension & Revocation Periods
Typically, the CDL will be suspended for one year when the individual is driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04% or higher, driving a passenger vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, refuses to take a BAC test, or leaves the scene of an accident. The period of time will increase to three years if any of these offenses were committed when the driver was operating a commercial vehicle carrying hazardous material.
Don't Let a DUI Conviction Impact Current or Future Employment
If you are at risk of having your CDL suspended or revoked, you need to seek immediate assistance from a Carmel DUI lawyer. Keith R. Murphy offers a free consultation to discuss your case and get the advice you need. Do not admit guilt before speaking with an attorney.
Take the first step to ensuring that your rights are protected by calling (845) 584-7033 to schedule a free consultation with a Putnam County DUI lawyer.