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Commercial DUI / DWI

Commercial DUI/DWI Lawyer in East Brunswick

Dedicated to Defending Your Rights as a Professional Driver

In order to obtain and keep a commercial driver’s license, as well as continue to operate their unique vehicles, commercial drivers must stick to specific standards, many of which are federal mandates. A single violation of those standards, no matter how slight it may appear to be, can jeopardize a commercial driver’s license status, and, therefore, their personal well-being and finances. As New Jersey uses laws considered quite strict compared to other states, it can seem unfairly harsh for commercial drivers who find themselves facing a driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge. In some cases, a single conviction can be enough to lose your commercial driver’s license.

If you are a commercial driver—especially one who operates large trucks or 18-wheelers—you cannot take a commercial DUI/DWI sitting down. You need to protect your rights and your career with an East Brunswick DUI lawyer like me, Attorney Ryan E. Gilbert.

I have a long history of handling DUI/DWI-related cases, such as:

From traffic violations and misdemeanors to felony vehicular manslaughter cases, I can manage it all. Call (866) 760-6430 today.

Commercial Drivers & Unique BAC Levels

Part of the reason commercial drivers face such severe consequences if convicted of DUI/DWI charges is the sheer size of the vehicles many of them operate. A semi-truck can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds, 20 times that of the average automobile. A truck accident with something so large can have devastating consequences, such as severe injuries or extensive damage to property.

Thus, the criminal justice system and law enforcement agencies have tipped the scales against commercial drivers. Whereas most other most other motorists are considered intoxicated if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, truckers are held at a standard of half that amount, just 0.04%. This begs the question: is it really twice as difficult to operate a commercial vehicle, especially after you have been trained specifically to do so?

Heavier Vehicles Are Slammed with Heavy Punishment

On top of the stricter BAC level requirements commercial drivers are subjected to, there is an additional rule that states they may not drive within four hours of consuming alcohol, regardless of how little they may consume. Additionally, if you are convicted for a DUI that occurred while you were driving your own car—not a commercial vehicle—it can affect your commercial driver’s license all the same and create a lookback period for repeat offenses. All of these specifics equate to more chances to inadvertently skirt the edge of the law, and more chances for a commercial driver to be hit with steep penalties.

Consequences you could be facing if arrested for a commercial DUI/DWI include:

  • Permanent license suspension
  • Thousands of dollars in fines
  • Loss of employment
  • Time-consuming DUI courses

Needless to say, even the minimal punishment of losing your license for one year can put a major detriment to your well-being as a commercial driver. After all, your ability to drive is your ability to earn income for you and your family. With such a great deal put on the line, you should defend yourself with a highly-experienced New Brunswick DWI attorney such as myself.

To get situated in the right direction, contact the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, LLC today and learn your legal options.

Our Settlements & Verdicts

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

  • Client Acquitted Assault
  • Assault Charge Dismissed Assault and Cross-Complaint for False Police Report
  • Charges Dismissed Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order Dismissed Against Client following Trial
  • All Charges Were Dismissed DWI and Careless Driving
  • DWI Charge Dismissed DWI and Reckless Driving
  • DWI And Lane Change Dismissed DWI, Reckless Driving, Failure and Unsafe Lane Change
    "I am very grateful for Mr. Gilbert excellent job!"
    Excellent Job! I contacted a few law offices before … Finally, I chose Ryan E. Gilbert…the way he greeted me made me feel like a very important client and took consideration for any conditions I had at the time. Everything was quick and smooth! He was well informed and smart he was also helpful and kind. I would recommend him! 5 stars and 2 thumbs up! I am very grateful for Mr. Gilbert excellent job!
    - Michelle
    "Ryan To The Rescue"
    Ryan is a very thorough attorney. He knows the law and he keeps you well informed of all the details with your case. He will work very hard for you. I would definitely use him again for any legal matters and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent attorney.
    - Former Client
    "My case had a successful outcome."
    Ryan was compassionate, intelligent, efficient and thorough; he gave good advice, represented me in court, and was successful in winning a reduction in my property taxes. I wholeheartedly recommend him. I know he handles other types of cases as well.
    - Former Client
    "Great job protecting my future"
    Ryan was a trusted adviser throughout the course of my legal issues. I was unfamiliar with legal proceedings and Ryan was able to explain to me my legal situation, and risks associated with various defenses and decisions I had to make. He took the time to explain all the scenarios to my satisfaction which gave me piece of mind and comfort. Ryan was also very responsive through various forms of communications (phone, email, text) which made keeping in contact convenient throughout the process. Ryan showed up on time (early in fact) to various appointments and appeared to handle relationship building effectively with opposing attorneys and the prosecutor. At the end of the day, I was very satisfied with the work done by Ryan as the outcome of my legal matter was better than I had expected and kept my reputation in tact, which undoubtedly will help me pursue my future career/professional ambitions.
    - Former Client
    "Professionalism at its best"
    Mr. Gilbert has made my case easy and clear to understand without all the legal jargon. He took time to help me clearly understand my case and kept me updated with all occurrences. Also, the case had been postponed and he waited alongside and had a friendly chat at the nearby Starbucks and besides giving me a great case result, he made me feel as if I had someone by my side. Patient, honest, and soft spoken, Ryan is not someone else whom just told me what to do and I just say yes too, like previous attorneys I had. I will always suggest and use Ryan Gilbert as my attorney.
    - Former Client
    "Attentive, fast responding, professional, expert"
    Attentive, fast responding, professional and expert is how I would describe the attention and service that I received from Mr. Gilbert. He solved my matter quickly and explained in very clear terms each step and set expectation for action on all sides. I was very pleased with how my matter was resolved and would recommend Mr. Gilbert to those requiring legal services. If needed I would absolutely seek Mr. Gilbert's council again.
    - Former Client
    "An invaluable asset to anyone"
    Mr. Gilbert is an excellent attorney. His knowledge and experience make him an invaluable asset to anyone looking for an attorney.
    - Former Client
    "Ryan could not have been more helpful"
    I found myself in quite a situation and Ryan could not have been more helpful in my time of need. Ryan worked tirelessly and did whatever he could to secure for me the best possible outcome. Even when I first called, I never could have imagined having my case resolve as positively as it did. Thank you so much Ryan!
    - Former Client

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