Commercial Motor Vehicle DWI with CDL
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The following is the law in New Jersey and all amendments as of April 2004 on driving a commercial motor vehicle and DWI with CDL:
39:3-10.13. Alcohol, controlled substance use prohibited Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a person shall not operate a commercial motor vehicle in this State with an alcohol concentration of 0.04% or more, or while under the influence of a controlled substance.
39:3-10.20. Suspension of commercial motor vehicle driving privilege a. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a court shall suspend for not less than one year nor more than three years the commercial motor vehicle driving privilege of a person for a first violation of:
(1) R.S. 39:4-50 if the motor vehicle was a commercial motor vehicle or section 5 of this act.
(2) R.S. 39:4-129 if the motor vehicle was a commercial motor vehicle operated by the person.
(3) Using a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of any "crime" as defined in subsection a., c., or d. of N.J.S. 2C:1-4.
(4) Refusal to submit to a chemical test under section 2 of P.L. 1966, c.142 (C.39:4-50.2) or section 16 of this act if the motor vehicle was a commercial motor vehicle.
(5) Paragraph (1) of subsection b. of section 10 of this act.
b. If a first violation of any of the violations specified in subsection a. of this section takes place while transporting hazardous material or takes place in a vehicle displaying a hazardous material placard, the court shall suspend the commercial motor vehicle driving privilege of the person for three years.
c. Subject to the provisions of subsection d. of this section, the court shall revoke for life the commercial motor vehicle driving privilege of a person for a second or subsequent violation of any of the offenses specified in subsection a. or any combination of those offenses arising from two or more separate incidents.
d. The director may issue rules and regulations establishing guidelines, including conditions under which a revocation of commercial motor vehicle driving privilege for life under subsection c. may be reduced to a period of not less than 10 years.
e. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a court shall revoke for life the commercial motor vehicle driving privilege of a person who uses a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of a crime involving the manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance or controlled substance analog, or possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance or controlled substance analog. A revocation under this subsection shall not be subject to reduction in accordance with subsection d. of this section.
f. A court shall suspend the commercial motor vehicle driving privilege of a person for a period of not less than 60 days if the person is convicted of a serious traffic violation and that conviction constitutes the second serious traffic violation committed in a commercial motor vehicle in this or any other state arising from separate incidents occurring within a three year period. A court shall suspend the commercial motor vehicle driving privilege for 120 days if the conviction constitutes the third or subsequent serious traffic violation committed in a commercial motor vehicle in this or any other state arising from separate incidents occurring within a three year period.
g. After suspending, revoking, or canceling a commercial motor vehicle driving privilege, a court shall make a report to the director within three days in such form as the director may require. The director shall notify the Commercial Driver License Information System of the suspension, revocation, or cancellation. In the case of non-residents, the director also shall notify the licensing authority of the state which issued the commercial driver license or the state where the person is domiciled. The director shall provide these notices within 10 days after the suspension, revocation, cancellation, or disqualification.
h. The director shall in accordance with this section suspend a commercial motor vehicle driving privilege of a person holding, or required to hold, a commercial driver license issued by this State if the person is convicted in another state or foreign jurisdiction of an offense of a substantially similar nature to the offenses specified in subsection a., e., or f. of this section. For purposes of this section, a violation such as driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, or driving while ability is impaired shall be considered substantially similar offenses. For purposes of this section, a violation committed in another state but substantially similar to those enumerated in subsection a. of this section committed in this State shall be included.
i. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a conviction under this section, or section 5 or 16 of this act, shall not merge with a conviction for a violation of R.S. 39:4-50 or section 2 of P.L. 1966, c.142 (C.39:4-50.2).
39:3-10.24. Taking of breath samples (CDL refusal) a. A person who operates a commercial motor vehicle on a public road, street, or highway, or quasi-public area in this State, shall be deemed to have given his consent to the taking of samples of his breath for the purposes of making chemical tests to determine alcohol concentration; provided, however, that the taking of samples shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this act and at the request of a police officer who has reasonable grounds to believe that the person has been operating a commercial motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.04% or more.
b. A record of the taking of such a sample, disclosing the date and time thereof, as well as the result of a chemical test, shall be made and a copy thereof, upon request, shall be furnished or made available to the person so tested.
c. In addition to the samples taken and tests made at the direction of a police officer hereunder, the person tested shall be permitted to have such samples taken and chemical tests of his breath, urine, or blood made by a person or physician of his own selection.
d. The police officer shall inform the person tested of his rights under subsections b. and c. of this section.
e. No chemical test, as provided in this section, or specimen necessary thereto, may be made or taken forcibly and against physical resistance thereto by the defendant. The police officer shall, however, inform the person arrested of the consequences of refusing to submit to such test including the penalties under section 12 of this act. A standard statement, prepared by the director, shall be read by the police officer to the person.
f. The court shall revoke for six months the right to operate any motor vehicle of any person who, after being arrested for a violation of section 5 of this act, shall refuse to submit to the chemical test provided for in this section when requested to do so, unless the refusal was in connection with a subsequent offense under this section, section 5 of this act, R.S. 39:4-50 or section 2 of P.L. 1981, c.512 (C.39:4-50.4a), in which case the revocation period shall be for two years. In addition, a court shall impose the penalties provided in section 12 of this act.
The court shall determine by a preponderance of the evidence whether the arresting officer had probable cause to believe that the person had been operating or was in actual physical control of a commercial motor vehicle on the public highways or quasi-public areas of this State with an alcohol concentration at 0.04% or more, whether the person was placed under arrest, whether he refused to submit to the test upon request of the officer, and if these elements of the violation are not established, no conviction shall issue. In addition to any other requirements provided by law, a person whose driving privilege is revoked for refusing to submit to a chemical test shall satisfy the requirements of a program of alcohol education or rehabilitation pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 39:4-50. The revocation shall be independent of any revocation imposed by virtue of a conviction under the provisions of R.S. 39:4-50 or section 12 of this act.
In addition to imposing a revocation under this subsection, a court shall impose a fine of not less than $250 or more than $500.
39:3-10.25. Methods and techniques of chemical analyses forms Chemical analyses of an arrested person's breath, to be considered valid under the provisions of this act, shall have been performed according to methods approved by the Attorney General, and by a person certified for this purpose by the Attorney General. The Attorney General is authorized to approve satisfactory techniques or methods, to ascertain the qualifications and competence of individuals to conduct analyses, and to make certifications of such individuals, which certifications shall be subject to termination or revocation at the discretion of the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall prescribe a uniform form for reports of the chemical analysis of breath to be used by law enforcement officers and others acting in accordance with the provisions of this act. Each chief of police, in the case of forms distributed to law enforcement officers and others in his municipality, or the other officer, board, or official having charge or control of the police department where there is no chief, and the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Superintendent of State Police, in the case of such forms distributed to law enforcement officers and other personnel in their divisions, shall be responsible for the furnishing and proper disposition of such uniform forms. Each responsible party shall prepare or cause to be prepared the records and reports relating to the uniform forms and their disposition in the manner and at the times prescribed by the Attorney General. Unless otherwise provided by the Attorney General, the approval of methods and techniques, the certification of persons and the prescription of forms of reports pursuant to section 3 of P.L. 1966, c.142 (C.39:4-50.3) shall constitute approval, certification or prescription, as the case may be, for purposes of this section.
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KENNETH VERCAMMEN & ASSOCIATES, PC ATTORNEY AT LAW 2053 Woodbridge Ave. Edison, NJ 08817 (Phone) 732-572-0500