CDL License Suspension Lawyer Bucks County
Many Bucks County residents drive for a living. If you operate a commercial vehicle, then you likely possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). You’ve worked hard to get that CDL license, and it may be the primary source of your income. If you have a CDL then you know that the purpose of the CDL is to make the highways safer by ensuring that truck drivers and drivers of trailers and buses are qualified to operate such vehicles while removing those deemed unsafe or unqualified from our highways. As CDL drivers are skilled in driving methods that average drivers do not have, it is only to be expected that CDL Drivers are held to a higher standard. Unfortunately, as hard as you worked to get that CDL, PennDOT has made it relatively easy to lose the CDL.
When it comes to CDL drivers, normally inconsequential traffic tickets can significantly impact your ability to drive a commercial vehicle. The penalties for any such infraction are substantially more serious for CDL drivers, and must be contested with equal zeal.
How Can They Take Away My CDL?
PennDOT has divided traffic offenses into three categories for CDL drivers. Conviction of the least serious category can still result in a temporary disqualification of driving privileges while conviction of one of the other two can result in lengthy, if not permanent, CDL disqualification. Therefore, if you are a CDL driver and receive a traffic citation, it is important that you know exactly what you are facing. Before you decide whether to pay a ticket, it is recommended you contact an experienced CDL attorney.
The traffic laws for CDL drivers are more intricate than those of an average driver. The most common example is when an officer issues a citation for violating the law with regards to Obedience to Traffic-Control Devices, 75 Pa.C.S. 3111(a). In some instances law enforcement will seek to give a driver a break and give them this normally no-point ticket. For an average driver, this is a gift. For a CDL driver, this is a trap. While 3111(a) carries no points on a standard license, it is considered a moving violation for a CDL and can have a negative impact on your CDL.
Even if a Moving Violation will not necessarily disqualify your CDL, it can still cause a CDL driver issues with obtaining work. Employers regularly pull the driver history of CDL driver employees prior to their hire. The existence of a moving violation can result in the employer deciding not to hire you. That is why, no matter what the circumstance, when a CDL Driver is issued a traffic citation, they should always consult an attorney before taking any action.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our experienced Bucks County attorneys have handled all types of CDL tickets from Chalfont to Langhorne and everywhere in between at both the Magisterial District Court level and the Common Pleas level. We understand what needs to be done to keep your CDL, and you can rest assured in knowing that we have successfully handled and routinely see situations just like yours. With offices in Southampton, we are ready to help this community stay on the road.
When faced with CDL tickets, hiring an intelligent and experienced defense attorney is a good first step in protecting your rights and your license.This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.