If you’ve been charged with driving while under the influence (DWI) in New Hampshire and hold a commercial driver’s license, you might be wondering if you will be subject to harsher punishments. In New Hampshire, commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than individuals with other driver’s license classifications.
Punishments for DWI with Commercial Driver’s License
In New Hampshire, a commercial driver’s license can be suspended for one year if any of the following events takes place:
- The driver receives an administrative license suspense because they refused a breath test while operating any personal or commercial vehicle.
- The driver receives an administrative license suspension for testing at or over 0.08 while driving any motor vehicle – whether personal or commercial.
- The driver receives an administrative license suspension for testing at or over 0.04 while driving a commercial vehicle.
- The driver is convicted of a DWI by a New Hampshire court. Or,
- The driver is convicted for “Conduct after an Accident” by a New Hampshire court. I.e., the driver left the scene or failed to report an accident that occurred in their personal or commercial vehicle.
Additionally, an individual can have their commercial driver’s license revoked for life if they are now facing a DWI in New Hampshire, a DWI-related administrative suspension of their license, or are facing a conviction for “Conduct after an Accident,” and have already experienced one of the events listed above.
Other punishments may include a 60-day suspension of a commercial driver’s license if the driver has had two serious traffic violations in a three-year period or a 120-day suspension if they’ve received three serious traffic violations in a three-year period while driving a commercial vehicle.
Experienced DWI Attorney in New Hampshire
A commercial driver’s license is an important piece of many individuals’ employment qualifications. The idea that you could lose that valuable aspect of your life can be defeating. This is why it’s important to work with a skilled attorney who can help you strategize a defense that will elicit the best possible outcome for your case. If you’ve been arrested for a DWI, our New Hampshire DWI defense attorneys can help. Contact Tenn And Tenn, P.A., to schedule your free initial consultation today.