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Commercial DWI

New York Commercial Drivers and DWI Experienced, Skilled & Reliable Legal Representation

Even in the best of circumstances New York Drinking and Driving charges are serious and complex. While most people rely on their motor vehicle to commute to and from work or school, commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders depend of their licenses in order to make a living. Since CDL drivers carry loads of cargo and operate buses that affects how businesses run, New York law has much stricter standards for them compared to ordinary drivers if they face DWI offenses.


If you are a CDL driver and got arrested for a DWI, it’s important to get qualified legal assistance from an experienced DWI attorney. At Tilem & Associates, PC, our New York DWI attorneys have over 25 years of experience successfully handling all types of DWI cases. When your career and livelihood are on the line, do not hesitate to get the legal help necessary to get you back on the road driving.

DWI Penalties for CDL Drivers

According to New York law, the BAC limit for CDL drivers is .04%, as opposed to .08% for regular drivers. This means that it may be illegal for you to drive with just one or two drinks in you. In addition, when you are a CDL driver, you automatically provide consent to be tested by police officers for alcohol or drugs through a blood or breathalyzer test.

In general, the penalties for CDL drivers are much harsher than ordinary license holders. You should retain a DWI lawyer in the Bronx, Westchester, Manhattan or the surrounding areas to fight these penalties.

If a CDL driver is convicted of their first DWI offense, they may have their driving privileges revoked for one year in addition to criminal penalties faced by regular drivers. That revocation is twice the length of a revocation for non-CDL drivers. However, if you are a CDL driver transporting hazardous materials and your BAC is over the limit, you license will be revoked for a minimum of three years. If a CDL is driver is convicted of their second DWI offense, there driving privileges are permanently revoked, along with a possible prison sentence and fines.

Have Tilem & Associates, PC on Your Side

A DWI charge can put your career in jeopardy. Our Senior Partner Peter H. Tilem was a Manhattan prosecutor that prosecuted Manhattan DWI cases and now is a DWI defense lawyer who can help you develop an aggressive and personalized strategy for your case. Our goal is to either get the charges reduced or your case dismissed entirely.

Our lawyers work with expert chemists who can examine the testing results and the calibration records from the testing machine to help determine the reliability of the test results and help formulate an attack on the test results. Our experts are also available to testify, if necessary about any errors in breath test protocols or inaccuracies in the breathalyzer.

Contact us and schedule your case evaluation with a DWI attorney in a New York DWI attorney today.

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