Philadelphia CDL Suspension License Lawyer
Are you concerned that you may have your Commercial driver’s License suspended? A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is a requisite for anyone driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the course of their occupation. The purpose of the CDL is to make the highways safer by ensuring that truck drivers and drivers of trailers and buses are qualified to operate such heavy equipment vehicles while removing those deemed unsafe or unqualified from our highways. The system has been enforced for nearly thirty years, yet there are still some practical issues; namely the fact that a CDL can be lost very easily, effectively terminating both the current employment and future job prospects of the individual who has their CDL suspended or revoked.
If you have a CDL and have received a traffic ticket or been charged with a crime utilizing a CMV, you should contact an attorney immediately. The penalties for any such infraction are substantially more serious for CDL drivers, and must, therefore, be contested with matching zeal. Call the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable traffic attorneys.
What Types of Tickets or Crimes Affect a CDL?
With regards to CDLs, traffic offenses are subdivided into three distinct categories. Conviction of the least serious can result in a temporary disqualification of driving privileges while conviction of one of the other two can result in lengthy, if not permanent, CDL disqualification. It is important that you know exactly what you are facing. The law is complicated so it is in your best interest to seek out an attorney to review both your current charge(s) and past driving and criminal history in order to accurately assess the situation.
CDL drivers face more intricate traffic violations than than those who carry regular driver’s license. Traffic citations such as taking the wrong route, having an overweight vehicle or not keeping correct notations within your logbook are all violations that a CDL driver can face. It is important that you recognize that no matter what the charge, the penalties for CDL drivers are more significant than for the average driver. A common traffic infraction that may result in a few points and a negligible fine for your typical driver may result in a disqualification of CDL privileges in addition to the standard penalties for a CDL driver. Therefore, every traffic violation is a potentially serious one for a CDL driver.
What Can I Do After a CDL Disqualification?
Once your CDL has been disqualified, you cannot legally drive a CMV until the period of disqualification has lapsed. For many, this results in the inability to work. That is why traffic matters for CDL drivers must be taken extremely seriously.
So long as the violation did not have an equal impact upon the driver’s non-commercial license, they may be able to secure short term employment elsewhere. So if you are expecting a CDL disqualification but expect to keep your non-commercial license, you should begin looking for other work as soon as possible. In the meantime, consult a traffic attorney to investigate your options to ensure both parties are equally aware of the gravity of the situation.
Upon completion of the CDL disqualification, a CDL driver may pay PennDot a fee in order to have their CDL restored.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
With the assistance of the right lawyer, you may be able to save your CDL – and your job. With appropriate investigation it may be possible to prove your innocence as to the accusation, thereby escaping potential consequences. It is all the more likely that a skilled attorney will be able to plea the charges against you down to lesser offenses which have a less significant effect on your CDL and employment.
Protect your CDL. Protect your job. Call the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation.
This content was written on behalf of an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer Greg Prosmushkin.