When is comes to driving under the influence of alcohol, making a bad judgment can really cause a person all manner of trouble down the road. We don’t just say this without some knowledge in the area of DWI and DUI law, since penalties for drunken driving can be quite costly. But consider the ramifications for someone who makes his or her living on the road. For professional drivers, a New Jersey drunk driving or drug DUI arrest can potentially spell the end of one’s career. And it doesn’t have to be alcohol; it can be cocaine or as well.
As New Jersey DWI defense lawyers, I and my colleagues know how someone’s fate can turn on a dime when a conviction for driving while intoxicated comes down in a municipal courtroom. For those who make their living driving day-in and day-out, such a conviction could also entail the loss of one’s commercial driver’s license (CDL). For an average person who works in an office, the loss or suspension of a driver’s license can definitely be an inconvenience. But commercial truckers should not take a chance on fate when it comes to receiving a DWI summons.
It wasn’t too long ago that we read of an out-of-state DWI arrest following a truck crash that caused a large disruption on an interstate. The Orange County man who was operating the semi at the time of the crash was eventually charged with driving while impaired by alcohol. Not only did the man face local DWI charges, but Federal regulations have a much stricter set of rules regarding alcohol-related traffic offenses.