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

New York does not tolerate DWI charges. This implies that a DWI while operating a commercial vehicle will result in severe consequences. Contact our firm today if you were charged to speak with a skilled New York criminal defense attorney.

What does New York consider a commercial vehicle?

In order to be categorized as a commercial vehicle in New York, there is a list of qualifications a vehicle must meet. In New York, a vehicle must have 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 have questions or concerns about whether or not your vehicle counts as a commercial vehicle in New York, do not wait to reach out to our firm today. At The Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman, our legal team is committed to assuring that you have the knowledge required to defend yourself and your future.

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

The state of New York takes DWIs very seriously. That is why if you are arrested for driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .04% or higher, you will likely have your license revoked. Additionally, it is critical to note that non-commercial drivers will be charged for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% and above. Furthermore, 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 up to three years.

In the event that you are under the influence when you are pulled over by law enforcement, and you decide to refuse a breathalyzer test, that decision will likely tack on more penalties. 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, too. If you were charged, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact our firm today to obtain the support you need.


Whether you need a Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer or traffic ticket attorney, The Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman is here to help. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including DUIs, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, juvenile crimes, and more. If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it is important to contact us today. We zealously represent clients facing tickets for speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license, and those caught using a mobile device. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with our trusted legal team.

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