CDL Disqualifications in Maryland

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Driving a commercial vehicle is a big responsibility that not everyone is qualified for. Commercial drivers in Maryland are held to a much higher standard than regular drivers. Due to the sheer size and potential danger of large trucks and vans, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets strict regulations and rules all drivers with a commercial driver’s license, or CDL, must follow. Included in these rules and regulations are a number of traffic violations that can prevent a person from working as a commercial vehicle driver.

The Law Office of Hillel Traub is a Maryland law firm with extensive experience helping clients who have been unable to work as a commercial driver as a result of CDL disqualifications. Attorney Hillel Traub is dedicated to helping provide you with the knowledge and legal counsel you need to ensure you understand what the CDL disqualifications in Maryland are and how they may affect your career. If you have been charged with a traffic violation that has led to your disqualification, Attorney Hillel Traub may be able to help you by providing you with the personalized legal representation needed to have the disqualifications reversed.

Moving Violations That May Disqualify a CDL Driver

Under Maryland law, part 383 of the FMCSA Regulations and Interpretations governs disqualifications for CDL drivers. There are many different violations that may cause a driver to be disqualified from a CDL license in Maryland. Among the most severe moving violations are:

  • Excessive speeding: Excessive speeding is when a driver goes 15 mph or more past the posted speed limit. While excessive speeding will generally not prevent a regular driver from keeping his license, a person may be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for excessive speeding.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident: All CMV drivers must stop if they are involved in a vehicle crash. Fleeing the scene is grounds for disqualification and may also lead to criminal penalties.
  • Driving Under the Influence: A DUI will lead to a license suspension without the aid of a qualified DUI lawyer in Baltimore. A CMV driver with a BAC at or above 0.04 will be disqualified from commercial driving and will lose both his regular and commercial license.

If you have been charged with any of these moving violations, this may affect your eligibility to keep or obtain your CDL license. In addition to moving violations, there are other serious CDL violations you may be charged with:

  • Using your commercial vehicle to distribute, manufacture, or dispense controlled substances
  • Using your commercial vehicle to commit a felony offense
  • Being under the influence of a controlled substance or failing to pass a drug test

In addition to the violations above, there are actions a commercial driver may take behind the wheel that can lead to other consequences and/or disqualification from driving a CMV.

CDL Violations Behind the Wheel

These CDL violations may include:

  • Following another vehicle too closely
  • Reckless driving
  • Committing traffic violations in connection to a fatal accident
  • Driving a commercial vehicle without:
    • Obtaining a CDL
    • Carrying a CDL
    • The proper CDL classification or endorsement
  • Erratic lane changes

If you have been charged with any of these violations, it is crucial that you contact the Law Office of Hillel Traub as soon as possible. While it may seem as if your case is hopeless, Attorney Hillel Traub has extensive experience helping clients who are facing CDL disqualifications in Maryland.

What Is the Procedure to Get a CDL License Back in Maryland?

There are many different reasons a driver may need to reinstate their commercial driver’s license in Maryland. If your Maryland CDL has been suspended, disqualified, or revoked by the Motor Vehicle Administration, it is essential that you are able to satisfy the requirements of your disqualification so that you may have it reinstated.

In Maryland, the requirements and fees required to have your CDL reinstated may vary depending on your specific disqualification or offense. However, if your commercial driver’s license has been disqualified for less than one year, the requirements for reinstatement are as follows:

  • Wait out your disqualification period
  • Pay any fees you owe
  • Submit any required documentation
  • Clear any other suspensions or revocations
  • Satisfy any court requirements

If your CDL was disqualified for one full year or longer, you will also need to pass the commercial driver’s license knowledge and driving skills tests before you may have your CDL  reinstated. To get help with the necessary requirements of having your CDL reinstated, contact Attorney Hillel Traub as soon as possible.

Contact Hillel Traub To Get Help With Your CDL Disqualification Case

If you have been charged with a traffic violation that has caused you to be disqualified from keeping or obtaining a CDL license in Maryland, you may be able to get your CDL license back with the help of a trusted traffic violations attorney.

Attorney Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub has over 20 years of experience helping commercial drivers throughout Baltimore keep their CDL. He was a former Assistant Attorney General for the Motor Vehicle Administration who has acquired decades of unmatched experience. For a free consultation, call us at (410) 580-1100 or fill out our contact form.