As a commercial vehicle driver, you have strict regulations to abide by regarding everything from the weight of your truck to the accuracy of your log books. The slightest violation may lead to license suspension, keeping you out of work, unable to legally operate a commercial vehicle and prevent you from generating a steady income. A Baltimore CDL suspension lawyer with The Law Office of Hillel Traub can look into the specifics of your case and help you get back on the road as soon as possible.
CDL suspensions may result from many instances. Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must abide by the same road rules as a traditional passenger vehicle driver as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. CMV drivers can also risk losing their CDL for traffic violations committed in their personal vehicles.
While all violations are punishable by CDL cancellation, suspension, or revocation, the length of the penalty period relies on the type of incident and numerous other specifics. CDL penalties also vary greatly by state.
Major violations that can disqualify your CDL include:
The initial major violation by a truck driver results in a one-year disqualification, regardless of whether the incident takes place in a CMV or non-CMV. It becomes a three-year disqualification if the driver is transporting hazardous materials at the time of the violation. A second major violation results in lifetime disqualification.
Serious traffic violations that can disqualify your CDL include:
The initial serious traffic violation has no effect; however, the second one within three years results in a minimum 60-day disqualification. A third violation within three years results in a minimum 120-day disqualification. Any serious traffic violation that occurs in a non-CMV is disregarded unless it results in a cancellation, suspension, or revocation of the individual’s license.
If operating a CMV is how you make a living, even a “simple” speeding ticket can have serious ramifications for your CDL. In fact, a commercial driver license holder may face 1.5 times as many points as a traditional non-CDL license holder for the same offense. A Baltimore CDL suspension lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub can help dismiss your CDL violation ticket, and protect your license and livelihood.
Hillel Traub spent several years as the Maryland Assistant Attorney General for the Motor Vehicle Administration and has in-depth knowledge of Maryland traffic laws. He can use his insight to help you get back your CDL on the most favorable terms. Take the first step in getting back on the road. Contact us today at 410-580-1100 for a free consultation.