If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License in the state of New York, you are held to a higher standard regarding intoxicated driving. For commercial drivers, the “legal” blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.04 percent instead of the 0.08 percent limit imposed on most other drivers. If you are charged with DWI in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, and if you are a commercial driver, arrange at once to discuss your case with an experienced Peekskill DWI lawyer.

Not only is the BAC limit lower for commercial drivers in New York, but the penalties are also higher. A commercial driver’s first conviction for DWI or DWAI (driving while ability-impaired) will result in a driver’s license revocation of at least a year. If the driver was intoxicated while transporting hazardous materials, the license revocation will last for three years. A second D.W.I. or DWAI conviction means a permanent license revocation for a commercial driver, although after ten years, the driver can request a waiver of the revocation. A third DWI or DWAI conviction for a commercial driver will result in a permanent license revocation with no exceptions.

Of course, if you are a commercial driver and you currently face a DWI charge, you may not be too concerned about the distant future, because right now your job is probably on the line. More than any other group of drivers, commercial drivers simply must avoid drinking and driving. A single conviction can land you in the unemployment line.

But, commercial drivers are not the only ones who need to be extra cautious when it comes to driving. Teachers are blamed for a lot of things, including crimes, and if you are a teacher accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New York, you’re going to need legal help right away. In Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, contact an experienced Peekskill D.W.I. defense attorney immediately.

In the state of New York, when a teacher is charged with DWI or other crimes, the State Education Department will be notified. The Department’s Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA) then informs your employer. Your teaching license could be revoked depending on the details and the outcome of your DWI case. If you are a teacher charged with DWI, make sure you that consult with a knowledgeable DWI defense lawyer before making any statements, signing any documents, or accepting any plea agreements.

Apart from your professional concerns, legal penalties for a first-offense DWI in New York can include fines from $500 to $1,000, up to a year in jail and three years of probation, a yearly $250 “driver responsibility assessment” fee for three years, and attendance at a victim-impact panel. Along with these penalties, your driver’s license may be revoked for six months, and your auto insurance rates will rise.

In the Peekskill area, if you’re a commercial driver or a teacher, and you’ve been arrested and charged with DWI, contact an experienced Peekskill D.W.I. lawyer immediately, and get the legal advice and representation you are going to need. Your attorney needs to be on the case as early as possible, so don’t wait to make the call.


By: Kimberly Pelesz

Family law and criminal defense attorney Kimberly A. Pelesz received a B.S. degree magna cum laude and an M.P.A. degree summa cum laude from Binghamton University. She earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, where she was selected for Phi Alpha Delta. Her charitable activities include work with My Sisters’ Place in White Plains and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Humane Education Taskforce.

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