What Happens When a Commercial Driver Gets a Ticket?
A ticket is serious business when your life and livelihood require you to stay on the road. They’re especially serious if you happened to be in your commercial vehicle when you got the ticket.
Some violations will even impact your CDL if you’re in your personal vehicle.
Either way, certain violations can result in the loss of your CDL and your job.
Driving Your Commercial Vehicle
The first thing you need to realize is that your driving record follows you across state lines. If you receive a ticket in another state while driving your commercial vehicle, you’re required to report it to the DMV here in the state of New York within thirty days.
You can lose your CDL for 60 days if you’re convicted of two serious traffic violations in a three-year period while driving a commercial vehicle. The two charges can’t arise out of the same offense.
It’s easier to commit a “serious traffic violation” in your commercial vehicle than you might imagine. For example, speeding counts as serious if you’re caught going more than 15 miles per hour over the limit.
If you get convicted of three serious traffic violations the suspension lasts for 120 days.
You should fight any DUI/DWI ticket extremely hard, as you can lose your CDL for one year if you drive with a BAC of o.o4% or higher. Any refusal to undergo blood alcohol testing will also result in a suspension. Finally, you can see a one-year suspension if you leave the scene of an accident without reporting it.
If you were transporting hazardous materials at the time, you’ll lose your CDL for three years. If convicted of serious violations while transporting hazardous materials a second time, you can lose it for life.
These suspensions will be on your record, making it difficult to get another CDL job. There are some trucking companies who will hire you with a past DUI/DWI if a certain number of years have passed. You may have to retrain before anyone will let you on the road, and you might have to obtain letters attesting to your sobriety.
In Your Own Vehicle
While a simple speeding ticket in your own vehicle won’t affect your CDL, DUI/DWI convictions will. So will any other felony committed with your vehicle.
While you might have bigger problems than your CDL if convicted of any of these crimes, the fact remains that you’ll lose your CDL for one year for the first offense. A second offense will bar you from driving commercial vehicles for life.
Fight Your Ticket
Commercial drivers should never take a ticket lying down. Instead, you should trust a traffic ticket attorney with experience defending commercial drivers.
Got questions? Need help? Contact Scott Russell Law today.