What You Should Know About A CDL DUI in New York

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If you face DUI, DWI or related charges and possess a CDL, please read on, then contact an experienced Nassau County DUI lawyer to learn what you should know about a CDL DUI in New York.

What is a CDL DUI in New York?

A CDL, short for a commercial driver’s license, is a special license that those who drive trucks and other large vehicles for a living must have in order to operate such conveyances. Obtaining one requires a whole different set of skills than a regular driver’s license. Given the higher standard needed to drive a commercial vehicle, the laws of New York are that much harsher for those who face charges of driving with a CDL. In the Empire State, if you have a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.04% or higher, you may face charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

What are the penalties for CDL DUI in New York?

Depending on the number of times, if any, you have previously sustained convictions for this or similar offenses, you will face increasingly severe penalties. The penalties for drunk driving with a commercial driver’s license are as follows:

1st offense commercial driver’s license DUI:

  • 1-year automatic suspension of your commercial driver’s license
  • $500 to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to 1 year in jail

2nd offense commercial driver’s license DUI:

  • Permanent automatic suspension of your commercial driver’s license
  • $1,000 to $5,000 in fines
  • 5 days to 4 years in jail

As you have probably noticed, the penalties for driving while intoxicated with a commercial driver’s license are quite severe. While New York does offer hardship licenses, they are not available to those who drive for a living. As a result, you may be unemployed during the whole of your license suspension. That is why you should reach out to a skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorney to discuss your next steps.

How can a Nassau County criminal defense lawyer help you?

The Empire State does not tolerate those accused of driving under the influence, especially for CDL holders, and will punish you to the fullest extent of the law. Any conviction for this or related offenses will cost you dearly. But a qualified criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you. He or she will be better situated to know if authorities have violated your rights, failed to give you due process or engaged in questionable conduct. You simply can’t afford to go it alone. Give us a call today.


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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