Five Simple Things You Should Know About CDL Violations
If you have a commercial driver’s license, you likely depend on it to put money in your pocket. The last thing you need to do is lose the privilege of maintaining a CDL. There are at least five simple things you should know about CDL violations. And, why it is important to have an experienced attorney represent you in court.
Commercial driver’s license fall into four major categories. According to the State of New Jersey, the first requirement is to obtain a basic driver’s license. This is the one that allows motorists to operate a car. From there, a class system from A-D is in place. Each category has its own set of regulations. CDL operators are the only ones qualified to drive tractor trailers, buses and other large size vehicles.
CDL Violations Can Stop Your Driving Privileges
Obviously, the fact that you have a commercial driver’s license doesn’t stop you from following standard motor vehicle laws. You must still obey all traffic signals and signs. You must keep your vehicle under control. You should avoid using handheld devices while behind the wheel. If anything, commercial drivers are at risk for tougher scrutiny when driving. Here’s some things you should know:
- Driving while under the Influence (DUI) laws are even stricter for CDL license holders: According to state law, the first DUI conviction in a passenger vehicle can mean suspension of your basic driver’s license for up to one year. In addition, your CDL could be suspended for one year. A second DUI conviction could mean losing your basic license for two years. Be aware. It will also result in permanently losing your commercial driver’s license. Obviously, you’ll need to consider a new career.
- Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level above .04% while driving a Commercial Vehicle: To be considered DUI, an individual’s BAC level must be measured in excess of .08%. Those driving commercial vehicles are held to a different standard. If your BAC level is more than .04%, you may lose your CDL license for one year. A second conviction means permanent revocation.
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident: Someone who leaves the scene of an accident may lose their commercial driver’s license for one year. For a second conviction, their CDL may be revoked for life.
- Using a Commercial Vehicle to Crimes Involved with the Manufacture or Transport of Controlled Dangerous Substances: A first conviction would cause the CDL operator to permanently lose their license.
- Causing a Fatal Accident through Negligent Action: A first time conviction would result in a one year license suspension. A second one would mean the commercial driver’s license would be permanently revoked.
If you are accused of a motor vehicle offense and possess a commercial driver’s license, it is crucial that you seek experienced legal advice. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have represented many bus and truck drivers at risk of losing their CDL. Contact us to see how we can assist you.