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Threats to your commercial license

As the driver of an 18-wheeler, there are many safety aspects of your work to keep in mind. Since it is much larger and heavier than any pickup or passenger vehicle, your truck, and your ability to control it, could be the focus of a horrendous crash.

Your truck is essential to your livelihood, and so is your commercial driver's license. However, under certain circumstances, you could lose not only your commercial license but your private license, as well.

Reasons for concern

Every driver must adhere to the rules of the road, but as a commercial truck driver, the law holds you to an even higher standard than other motorists in terms of driving safety and responsibility. A crash is not the only issue that could get you in trouble. Here are some of the offenses for which you could face serious penalties:

  •         Speeding
  •         Reckless driving
  •         Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  •         Overloaded cargo
  •         Exceeding the driving hours allowed by law
  •         Ignoring weight prohibition when crossing a bridge
  •         Running stop signs or stop lights

Furthermore, if law enforcement arrests you for a traffic violation while driving your personal vehicle, you could lose both your personal driver's license and your commercial license.

Reducing charges

A criminal defense attorney will tell you that an arrest for any type of traffic violation, whether it caused a crash or not, is a serious matter for the driver of a commercial vehicle. However, the good news is that a reduction in charges may be possible if you have a relatively clean driving record. That all-important reinstatement of your CDL may also be possible. The legal system is complex, and in the event of a crash, fault will have to be determined, but your attorney can explain all the options that are open to you.

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