CDL MOVING VIOLATIONS DEFENSE LAWYERS IN BALTIMORE
Commercial vehicle drivers in Maryland have a responsibility to drive their vehicles safely and to follow all the rules in the Maryland Transportation Code which apply to them to prevent accidents and fatalities. Commercial vehicle drivers undergo highly-specific education and training to obtain a Maryland Commercial Driver’s License, which ensures that qualified drivers transport tens of thousands of pounds of cargo across our interstates.
Though truck drivers in Maryland receive quality training, a livelihood dependent on driving makes it inevitable to receive a traffic citation now and again. Each traffic offense carries different penalties, which may or may not include criminal charges and jail time. Any traffic offense in Maryland will contribute to points against your commercial driver’s license, which can add up over time to disqualify you from working as a commercial driver.
If you have been cited for a moving violation while driving a commercial vehicle, it is understandable that resolving the ticket is not as easy as it might be if you did not drive for a living. Traveling cross-country transporting goods presents challenges to fighting the charges against you. Rest assured that at The Law Office of Hillel Traub we will do everything in our power to represent you in Baltimore while you continue to make your earnings.
What Counts as a “Moving Violation?”
Baltimore police officers may cite any driver for a moving violation. A moving violation is one that occurs while the car is in motion. Typical examples of moving violations are speeding, running a red light, and driving under the influence.
Serious CDL Violations
Certain traffic violations can lead to the suspension of your CDL license as well as criminal penalties such as jail time and steep fines. Examples of serious traffic violations in Maryland are:
- Excessive speed (15 mph or more over the posted speed limit)
- Reckless driving
- Following too closely
- Improper or erratic lane changes
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving without the required insurance
- Driving or towing a vehicle requiring a CDL with a suspended or revoked CDL
As you can see, the majority of CDL violations are moving violations. Not only can you face expensive fines and in some cases incarceration, but your insurance rates can also skyrocket after a conviction. If you fail to work with an attorney, you will likely lose your CDL for a designated period or life.
Lesser Offenses Can Still Lead to License Suspension
Minor traffic violations like failing to wear a seatbelt or going a few miles over the speed limit can still lead to the accumulation of points against your driver’s license. Enough points will lead to a license suspension.
- 5-7 points in 2 years: driver improvement course and Point Systems Conference
- 8-11 points in 2 years: driver’s license suspension
- 12 points in any time frame: license suspension
Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub understands just how important a valid CDL is to you and your family. Our Baltimore CDL traffic lawyers have helped drivers protect their commercial vehicle licenses for over 20 years. Call 410-580-1100 or contact us.