Which CDL Violations Could Lead to Losing My License?
Losing a CDL would be a nightmare for a lot of people who make their living in the trucking and transportation industries. Without that license, professional truck drivers cannot work. Fortunately, complete revocation of a CDL is really only done in cases of severe misconduct, where allowing that individual to keep driving trucks would endanger the public. If you are accused of a serious CDL violation that puts your license at risk, you will want to work with an experienced attorney to give you the best odds of keeping your license when all is said and done.
Which Violations Could I Lose My CDL Over?
Minor violations and even minor accidents are unlikely to cost you your CDL, unless they happen quite frequently. More severe violations that create a risk to public safety, however, could get your CDL taken away. Serious violations punishable by CDL revocation include:
Driving intoxicated - Large trucks create a much higher level of danger than smaller vehicles do when they are driven by an impaired person. A first incident will typically result in a suspension of about a year, but a repeat incident is likely to lead to revocation.
Hit-and-run - If you got into an accident, however minor, and failed to stop, you could lose your CDL.
Felony - If you use your truck to commit any felony, you may lose your CDL after a second incident. However, if the felony is related to narcotics, you might not even get a second chance. Transporting or manufacturing illegal drugs in your truck is extremely likely to result in a CDL revocation.
Negligent homicide - Driving carelessly and causing a fatal crash is one of the most serious violations a CDL holder can commit. Even if you are not charged criminally for the death, you are not going to be trusted to operate such a large and dangerous vehicle again.
This is not a complete list of reasons a CDL might be revoked. Even minor violations can eventually lead to driver’s license revocation if they are repeated frequently enough. One speeding incident may not be an issue, but repeated speeding tickets may be grounds for suspension or revocation. If you have been accused of any of these forms of wrongdoing, it is important that you speak to an attorney who can start building a case for you to keep your CDL.
Contact a Cook County CDL Violations Attorney
If your CDL may be at risk, call Moretti Law, P.C. Our skilled Chicago CDL violations lawyers are experienced in fighting potential CDL revocations and will assess your situation carefully before we begin working on your defense strategy. Contact us online or at 312-861-1084 to schedule a free consultation.