Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Violation
As someone who drives for a living, you know that a traffic citation has a greater impact on you than the average person. You are, however, human and are susceptible to mistakes like anyone else. If you are stopped for a serious traffic violation or DUI, the consequences of the infraction not only affect your traffic record but could also place your livelihood at risk.
You can look to us for the advice and representation you need. We will explain the laws pertaining to CDL holders, take the appropriate steps to mitigate potential adverse consequences and seek the best possible outcome.
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Can a ticket in my personal vehicle have an impact on my commercial driver’s license?
Before you resolve any traffic offense, whether in your personal vehicle or a commercial vehicle, you should contact an attorney to review your options. There are numerous offenses and situations which can place your commercial license in jeopardy.
It is important that you contest traffic violations that may result in a suspension of your CDL license. Some of these offenses include but are not limited to:
- Refusing a blood alcohol content (BAC) test
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Commission of a felony involving the use of a commercial vehicle
- Reckless Operation
The consequences of a DUI arrest on your CDL are serious.
In Ohio, commercial drivers who are convicted of or plead guilty to DUI are subject to a mandatory suspension of their commercial driver’s licenses. This occurs even if driving a personal car during non-work hours. It is important to have an attorney who is aware of this consequence and is prepared to fight to preserve your CDL.
The State of Ohio holds commercial drivers to higher standards when it comes to traffic offenses. For example, CDL drivers may not exceed a .04 blood alcohol content (BAC) level – half the level of a non-CDL limit. A commercial driver pleading as first-time DUI offender can face jail time, significant fines, and at least a 1-year commercial license suspension. A second conviction for DUI will result in a lifetime CDL suspension.
Many commercial trucking companies will not hire drivers with DUIs on their record, even if a considerable time has passed since the DUI conviction and regardless of whether it was committed in a commercial vehicle.
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