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CDL Violations Attorney Overview

Elite CDL Violations Attorney

Lawyer Assistance for Commercial Drivers

Drivers of trucks and other commercial vehicles rely on their commercial driver's license (CDL) to continue legally operating their vehicle and earning an income. Any threats to this license can have catastrophic effects on a person's ability to support themselves and their family, so it is important to understand the steps to take when charged with a CDL violation.

If you are facing the disqualification of your commercial driver's license, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who understands state and federal regulations for commercial licenses and commercial vehicles. A skilled lawyer can help you determine your best options for defending your license and your livelihood.

CDL Disqualification

Commercial driver's licenses are issued at the state level, and drivers must meet the requirements in their home state to obtain the correct class of CDL for the type of vehicle they will be driving. Violations of certain state laws may result in the suspension of a CDL, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may also disqualify a CDL for a variety of violations, including:

  • Major violations - Offenses such as leaving the scene of an accident, using a commercial vehicle to commit a felony (including drug trafficking), vehicular homicide or manslaughter, DUI, or driving a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .04% or more will result in a one year disqualification, and a second offense will result in a lifetime disqualification. Major violations can be committed while driving a commercial vehicle or other vehicle.
  • Serious violations - Traffic violations such as excessive speeding (15 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit), reckless driving, or tailgating will result in a 60-day disqualification if two or more offenses are committed within three years. A third violation within three years will result in a 120-day disqualification. Serious violations only affect a CDL if they are committed while driving a commercial vehicle, unless they result in the suspension or revocation of a commercial or non-commercial driver's license under state law.
  • Violation of regulations - CDL holders may face disqualification if they violate out of service orders (including violations involving electronic logbooks) or operate an overweight vehicle.

If you have been charged with a CDL violation, it is essential to work with a skilled lawyer who can help you understand your best options for avoiding the loss of your license. An experienced attorney can ensure that your rights are protected and work with you to meet your legal requirements as you defend your ability to continue operating a commercial vehicle and earning an income in your chosen career.

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