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How Can I Challenge a Ticket as a CDL Holder?

How Can I Challenge a Ticket as a CDL Holder?

If you receive a ticket as a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holder, then you need to fight the ticket in court. Any offense for a CDL holder will be serious with respect to their career; employers are disinclined to hire those with points on their license, because they cost more to insure.

In many respects, CDL holders are held to a higher standard that the rest of society when on the road. Consequently, even minor offenses typically carry more weight, while more significant offenses may carry penalties as significant as a lifetime suspension of your CDL.

How Can I Challenge a Lifetime CDL Revocation?

A lifetime CDL revocation is typically the result of either committing two "major offenses" or the lone offense of "using a vehicle in the commission of a felony involving manufacturing, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance."

Your only avenue of challenging a lifetime CDL revocation will be to contest the charges in court.

When Can You Appeal a Suspended CDL?

You cannot request an administrative hearing in order to appeal a suspended/disqualified CDL. You may only appeal PennDOT decisions regarding your eligibility for a restricted license. However, you may request a hearing with PennDOT for the purposes of: requesting a credit for suspension/disqualification time served, requesting a credit for an ignition interlock order, and requesting a review/update of your driving record.

This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.

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