New Jersey takes driving under the influence of alcohol very seriously. When the driver of a commercial vehicle is charged with driving under the influence, they are risking the lives of everyone around them in addition to risking the future of their career. It is also important to note that a driver can lose his or her commercial driver’s license even if they were operating a passenger vehicle at the time in which they were driving under the influence.
A first DUI conviction for a commercial driver license holder in a passenger vehicle will result in a passenger driver’s license suspension between 3 and 12 months, and a commercial driver’s license suspension for 1 year. A second DUI in a passenger vehicle will result in the suspension of the individual’s regular driver’s license for 2 years and a permanent revocation of their commercial driver’s license.
If a person is arrested for a DUI while operating a commercial vehicle, he or she will also face a 1 year suspension. If they were arrested for a DUI while operating a commercial vehicle that was transporting hazardous materials, he or she will not be able to operate a commercial vehicle for 3 years. If an individual commits a second offense of transporting hazardous materials in a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, they will never be able to operate a commercial vehicle again.
If you have been charged with a DUI as a commercial driver’s license holder, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney who can provide you with assistance.