Michael A. Ferraro, Esq., P.C.
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How can a drunk driving conviction affect a trucker?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2022 | DWI defense |

Commercial drivers, including truckers, are expected to always drive safely. A trucker needs to have a clean driving record if they’re going to get the jobs they want. One thing that some people don’t realize is that even a small mistake is something that can destroy a trucker’s livelihood. 

If a trucker is charged with drunk driving, it can immediately put their career in jeopardy. Even if a trucker is able to find work after the impaired driving charge, they may find that they aren’t getting the salary that they deserve. 

Commercial driver blood-alcohol concentration limits

In New York, people who are driving a commercial vehicle have a BAC limit of .04%. This is half of what the normal limit is for drivers. What most people don’t realize is that a commercial driver who’s in their own vehicle and ends up facing a charge for impaired driving can also have to deal with the effects this has on their career. 

One of the most harrowing aspects of impaired driving for a commercial driver is that a conviction can come with a revoked or suspended driver’s license. This means that for that period of time, they’re unable to drive for work. They’ll also have to deal with fines and other penalties that come with a conviction for drunk driving. 

Anyone who’s facing charges for impaired driving should ensure they learn about the options they have. Commercial drivers need to find out how each option will affect them so they can make informed decisions. Be sure to do this as early in the case as possible so you don’t have to make rushed decisions at the last minute.