After spending a lot of time and money to obtain a CDL, you need to be informed about the possible ways and risks of losing the CDL. It’s apparently more difficult to get a commercial driver’s license than a regular driving license. It’s also easy to lose your CDL than a regular license. This is because the rules, regulations, and consequences placed on a CDL are severe compared to other grants.
Traffic violations may lead to loss or suspension of a CDL. This includes:
- Fleeing an accident scene
- Driving commercial vehicles under the influence of abusive substances or alcohol
- Refusing to take an alcohol test
- Speeding 15mph above the posted speed limit
- Tracking when your commercial driver’s license is suspended
- Operating a commercial vehicle when you don’t have a CDL
So what can you do if and when you get a traffic violation to avoid losing your CDL? Below are five steps you should take.
Inform your employer
The first step you should take when convicted of violating traffic laws is to notify your employer. This is required by law and may result in temporary loss of your job depending on the traffic violation. The employer may make arrangements for another driver, giving you the opportunity to solve the situation at hand.
Contact the traffic violations bureau
If you do not know the way in which traffic violations are handled in your state, consider checking out the traffic violations bureau website or contacting them directly to understand your options. Although the available options may be similar, there may be differences on how the points are allotted. Talking to someone will help you calm down and think about your predicament logically.
If you want to avoid any hassle, you can merely plead no contest and recompense the necessary ticket fee. Many states have made the payment process convenient by allowing online payment, but you can also use the traditional method of mailing the check. Make sure you watch for the deadlines as well as any other provided instructions.
Contest the ticket
Do you feel that the traffic ticket was given by mistake or you only want to get the violation reduced or removed? If so, you can set up a date for challenging the ticket in court. However, you need to have enough evidence to prove your innocence. Also, you may get lucky if the officer doesn’t show up meaning your case will be dismissed.
Hire an attorney
In case you are charged with traffic violations, an attorney can advocate aggressively on your behalf. The professional will study your case carefully and have the charges modified, reduced or dismissed, preserving your driving record and saving you money and your job in the long run.