Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Violations
Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than that required to drive a Non-Commercial Motor Vehicle. This is important to remember because holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) means that you are held to a higher standard than drivers without a CDL in the eyes of the law.
Certain traffic violations can have an impact on your CDL even if you are driving your personal or Non-CMV. They are called Serious Violations. It is important to know the distinction between Serious and Non-Serious violations. It is even more important to make sure you find help from a CDL traffic attorney who knows what to do if you have been charged with one of these offenses. It can be the difference between having a job and not having a job.
You may have been asking yourself, up to this point, what makes these violations so serious? Penalties for Serious Traffic Violations can range from suspension of your CDL to a complete revocation of your CDL. If your CDL is how you earn a living, then losing it for any period of time will be a serious inconvenience.
According to Illinois Law, a person is disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for a period of not less than two months if convicted of two Serious Traffic Violations, committed in a commercial motor vehicle, non-CMV while holding a CLP or CDL, or any combination thereof, arising from separate incidents, occurring within a three-year period, provided the Serious Traffic Violation committed in a non-CMV would result in the suspension or revocation of the CLP or CDL holder’s non-CMV privileges.
However, a person will be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for a period of not less than four months if convicted of three Serious Traffic Violations, committed in a commercial motor vehicle, non-CMV while holding a CLP or CDL, or any combination thereof, arising from separate incidents, occurring within a three-year period, provided the Serious Traffic Violation committed in a non-CMV would result in the suspension or revocation of the CLP or CDL holder’s non-CMV privileges. If all the convictions occurred in a non-CMV, the disqualification shall be entered only if the convictions would result in the suspension or revocation of the CLP or CDL holder’s non-CMV privileges. (625 ILCS 5/6-514(e)).
If you have a Commercial Drivers License and you are charged with a Serious Traffic Violation in Illinois, it is important to take it seriously. The implications resulting from receiving even a single conviction can have lasting effects. As soon as you are issued a citation, contact Driver Defense Team today at (312) 940-8330 to speak with one of our attorneys.
Driver Defense Team consists of seven traffic and DUI defense attorneys that work as a team. Every week our attorneys meet to discuss each of our client’s cases, sharing input and previous experience to determine how to best handle each individual case. Our clients don’t just hire one traffic lawyer, they receive the skill, expertise and experience of the entire Driver Defense Team.
The attorneys at Driver Defense Team regularly appear in all fourteen traffic courthouses in Cook County, DuPage County and Lake County. Driver Defense Team’s lawyers are familiar with the rules, people and procedures in the traffic courthouses. This allows us to provide our clients with the most effective legal defense possible.
The Ticket Clinic originated in Miami in 1987. They now have 40 offices in Florida and California and have defended over three million tickets. After expanding to Illinois, Chicago-based attorneys Stephanie and Derek acquired the firm in 2016 and changed the name, but continue to provide outstanding service and deliver excellent results for our clients.
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