When driving is your job, your driving record is even more important than usual. The ramifications for significant and insignificant traffic infractions can be steep and can threaten your livelihood. Ensuring that you know how to avoid certain infractions that could jeopardize your career and knowing who to call if you find that you have received a citation is of paramount importance to ensure that the incident does not alter your life. If you have received a citation on your commercial driver’s license (CDL), be sure to contact a criminal defense attorney today.
The determination of the extent of the ramifications for a violation on your CDL will depend on the type of violations; punishments can vary from simple fines to general disqualification for a CDL. The number of offenses will also be a determining factor as well; the punishment for a one-time offense for a particular violation will be less harsh than the punishment for an offense you have committed for the fourth time. Even multiple tickets over a period of time, for example, over the course of one month, can affect your ability to keep your CDL.
Major violations for truckers are similar to those for regular vehicles on the road:
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance
- Fleeing the scene of an accident
- Negligently driving and causing death
- Refusing a breathalyzer test or other alcohol measurement test
- Driving with a suspended or revoked CDL
Other serious violations include:
- Speeding at a rate of 15 mph or higher above the speed limit
- Changing lanes improperly
- Driving without your CDL on your person
- Following too closely
Penalties for these violations can range and can include any of the following:
- Suspension of your CDL
- Revocation of your CDL
- Reinstatement fees
- Temporary or permanent job loss
- Possible jail time
For those who have CDLs, your driving history can affect your job prospects. Employers and insurers will both analyze your driving history to determine whether you are a risk or liability. Consistently receiving tickets may indicate that you are reckless and thereby unable to do your job, which could then leave you without one or without insurance for a commercial vehicle. While this aspect does not necessarily affect your ability to keep your CDL, the point of having one is to be able to do a job, which could be a waste if you are not even able to do that job as a result of too many violations.
In the event that you have received a ticket for violating various traffic laws, you should speak to an attorney who can fight for your right to make a living as a trucker. If you have received a significant number of violations or even a single major violation, call The Law Offices of Eugene Fimbianti right away. As an attorney with decades of experience as a prosecutor and a police officer, Mr. Fimbianti has the knowledge and the skills to best serve your interests.