Commercial vehicle operators make their living by driving. If your ability to drive a commercial vehicle is taken away because of a drunk driving charge, you jeopardize your financial future. Seek the help of experienced criminal defense lawyers at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.
Who is a Commercial Vehicle Operator?
Commercial vehicle operators have a lower legal BAC level than other drivers age 21 and older. You may be held to the standards of a commercial vehicle operator if:
- You drive a vehicle with a gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
- You drive a vehicle with the capacity to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver)
- You drive a vehicle to transport hazardous waste
You do not necessarily have to have a special license to be considered a commercial vehicle operator.
What are the Consequences of a Commercial Operator DWI?
If you are considered a commercial vehicle operator, you may face DWI charges if your blood alcohol concentration is .04 or above. Consequences of a DWI as a commercial vehicle operator include:
- License suspension
- Disqualification to drive commercial vehicles
- Jail time
First offenses can cost you your job. Subsequent offenses typically carry heavier fines and longer jail times.
Contact an Experienced DWI Defense Lawyer
If you make your living as a commercial vehicle operator, you need to protect your driving privileges while DWI charges are pending, and you need to fight to keep your record clean. The experienced DWI defense lawyers at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates in Albuquerque, NM can help.
We have decades of experience building strong cases to defend our clients’ innocence. We fight to prevent DWI charges from interfering with your job prospects now and in the future. We also provide representation at all administrative proceedings at no extra cost. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with a DWI defense lawyer.