The truckers and deliverymen and women who ensure the rest of Americans receive their packages and food on time often need to have commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). Getting a CDL requires extensive training in recognition of the serious responsibility that comes with driving vehicles carrying significant weight or dangerous substances.
Because of this responsibility, Illinois law is highly circumspect when it comes to articulating CDL violations and the consequences such actions involve. If you are a CDL driver or want to be and have questions about license violations or reinstatement, speak with an attorney right away.
Common CDL Violations
While certain violations, such as driving under the influence, might be more well-known, other violations may surprise you. Just a few common CDL violations include:
- Leaving the scene of a crash while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV)
- Using any vehicle, CMV or otherwise, to commit a felony
- Using any vehicle in a felony act of manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing controlled substances
- Not stopping at a railroad crossing
- Going more than 15 mph over the speed limit
- Driving an overweight truck
- Texting and driving
If a CDL driver is guilty of committing two serious traffic violations in three years or less, he or she will be disqualified from driving a CMV in addition to any fines or driving classes he or she must attend. In addition, more serious crimes like felonies or DUIs can result in jail time, fines, community service, and probation.
What Should I Do if I Am Facing CDL Disciplinary Action?
Because the consequences for a CDL violation may be enhanced due to previous driving records, the first step may be to see whether previous violations can be vacated. Sometimes the charges of a traffic ticket can be reduced or amended; other times, an attorney can demonstrate that the ticketing officer was wrong about the alleged facts or did not follow proper procedures. When there are questions about fact or guilt, certain cases may even go to trial. An attorney who is familiar with a wide variety of CDL violations can help you analyze your case and determine possible solutions.
Contact a Joliet Commercial Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney
A CDL violation can mean serious long-term consequences for your earning abilities. If you need to fight a ticket or violation, the experienced Will County CDL defense attorneys with McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC can help. Likewise, if you have already had a CDL license suspended, we can help you petition to reinstate it. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about your case by calling us today at 815-727-0100.