Cook and DuPage County Commercial Driver’s License Violation Attorney
Experienced CDL Violation Lawyer in Chicago
Obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a tremendous privilege. Having one may provide you the opportunity to make a good living. Driving delivery trucks, 18-wheelers, or large equipment vehicles are all very important occupations, and having your CDL suspended or revoked can seriously impact your livelihood. If you have a CDL, and are charged with a moving violation either while driving a commercial vehicle, or non-commercial vehicle, you are going to need the services of an attorney experienced in Illinois CDL law.
Mr. Moretti has 19 years of experience defending clients facing CDL violation issues in Cook, DuPage, Will, and Kane Counties. He works with clients on an individual basis, giving them the respect they deserve. He will review your case and devise a personalized, strategic defense plan to defend your rights.
CDL Disqualifications in Illinois
Illinois has four categories for CDL disqualifications, which are:
- Major offenses,
- Serious traffic violations,
- Railroad-highway grade crossing offenses, and
- Violating out-of-service orders.
Major offenses include leaving the scene of an accident, using the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) to commit a felony, causing a death, operating a CMV without a valid CDL, and any alcohol and drug related offenses. Conviction of a major offense, whether you are driving a commercial or non-commercial vehicle, against a CDL is punishable by disqualification of your CDL for 1 -3 years for the first offense and for life for a second offense.
Serious traffic violations against a CDL include speeding in excess of 15 miles over the posted speed limit, making improper lane changes, following vehicles too closely, causing a fatal accident by violating any traffic law, and operating a CMV without a CDL endorsement or without a CDL on your person.
Railroad-highway grade crossing offenses are directly related with how you operate your CMV when crossing a railroad. If you fail to slow down and check that the tracks are clear, fail to stop when you are required, or drive across the tracks when there is not enough room for your CMV, you have committed a railroad-highway grade crossing violation. Your CDL can be disqualified for a minimum of 60 days for the first offense, a minimum of 120 days for the second violation within three years, and a minimum of one year for each violation after the second.
If you are operating a CMV while transporting hazardous waste while under an out-of-service order, you can have your CDL disqualified between 180 days to 2 years for the first offense and 3-5 years for the second offense if it is within 10 years. If you are transporting non-hazardous waste while under an out-of-service order, you face CDL disqualification for 180 days to one year for the first offense, 2-5 years for the second offense within 10 years, and 3-5 years for the third offense.
If you are just passing through Illinois and are ticketed for an offense, it will likely have a negative impact on your CDL in your respective state. For years, Mr. Moretti has represented out of state CDL drivers and has obtained favorable results without his client ever having to appear.
Contact a CDL Violations Attorney Today
Having your CDL disqualified can affect your ability to earn an income. You are held to a stricter standard as a professional driver and may be treated more harshly than average drivers in court. You want someone who knows the court proceedings and laws and can help get you the most favorable result possible.
Contact Moretti Law, P.C. today at 312-861-1084 for complimentary consultation. Moretti Law, P.C. has three offices conveniently located in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Oak Brook.