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A NH driver with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) faces harsh consequences if convicted of DWI. Commercial driver’s license holders may see their licenses suspended for up to one (1) year if they are convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle, like a semi truck or bus, or even a non-commercial vehicle, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04 percent- one-half of the legal BAC limit for drivers of private passenger vehicles. If the driver is hauling hazardous materials at the time, the suspension may last up to three (3) years. Furthermore, a CDL holder who is convicted of DUI in New Hampshire two (2) or more times faces a ten (10) year to lifetime loss of his or her CDL.

Most drivers who have CDL’s need to keep that license in good standing so they can work and provide for themselves and their families. When a driver is arrested for or charged with drunk driving, the best chance of keeping his or her CDL lies in building an aggressive defense against the DUI charge.

At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our knowledgeable NH DWI defense attorneys work hard to protect the rights of our clients. To find out how we can help you, call Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at 1-603-624-3700 for a free confidential telephone consultation.

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New Hampshire is known for its strict penalties for those convicted of DWI/DUI. If you are a commercial driver with a commercial drivers’ license (CDL), the DWI/DUI rules that apply to you are strict.

New Hampshire Code Section 265-A:23 specifies that a driver’s license is automatically suspended if he or she is convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04 or greater“ half the limit for drivers of ordinary motor vehicles. The suspension lasts at least one year and occurs whether or not the driver has a valid CDL. If the driver is transporting hazardous materials, the suspension extends to three years. For a second conviction, the driver’s CDL will be suspended for at least ten years, and the court may choose to suspend the license indefinitely.

Although driving with a BAC of 0.04 or more can result in a DWI conviction, a New Hampshire license suspension may also occur if a commercial vehicle driver has any alcohol in his or her system at all. Under Section 265-A:24, any commercial driver who has had any alcohol at all or who refuses to take a chemical test to measure his or her blood alcohol content, is automatically placed out of service for 24 hours. Like drivers of private motor vehicles, all commercial drivers in New Hampshire give their implied consent to chemical tests for intoxication when they receive their New Hampshire driver’s license.