Commercial Driver's Licenses
If you drive a truck or a bus for a living, you know that a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is more than a license. It's your livelihood.
If you have a CDL, receiving even a minor traffic ticket can be devastating. Depending on the type and number of traffic tickets you receive, you may face suspension or loss of your CDL entirely. Once suspended, your job may be at risk. With so much at stake, it's important to hire an attorney with expertise in CDL violations, as well as familiarity with the courts, judges and prosecutors throughout Washington State.
Upon receiving a CDL, you will be placed on probation. While on probation, any traffic ticket is a serious matter. If you are ticketed for two or more moving violations during your probation, your license will be suspended for 30 days. Further, you will have to pay a $75.00 reissuance fee for reinstatement, and carry expensive SR-22 insurance. After reinstatement, you will be placed on another year of probation.
Further, many commercial truck drivers don't know that if they receive two or more serious traffic offenses in a three year period, their CDL will be suspended. Serious Traffic offenses include: Speeding 15 miles per hour or more above the posted limit, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, Following Too Closely, Failing to Stop, Failing to Yield the Right of Way, Driving Too Fast For Conditions, Improper Lane Change, Improper Overtaking on the Right or Left, Driving Left of Center, and more. After two serious traffic offenses, your CDL will be disqualified for 60 days. After three serious traffic offenses, your CDL will be disqualified for 120 days. After four or more serious traffic offenses, the disqualification is 364 days.
As you can see, any of these disqualifications may bring an end to your ability to earn a living. If your CDL is suspended, and you drive a truck for a company, you are costing your employer money for time you cannot legally be on the road. This is especially frustrating to an employer who has time and money in your training. Further, many truck companies are concerned with safety. They want safe drivers. They want don't want to bear the cost of accidents, high risk SR-22 insurance, or bad publicity. Simply put, they don't want their drivers to get traffic tickets.
For all of these reasons, it is in your interest to avoid having a traffic ticket go on your driving record. Thus, immediately upon receiving any kind of traffic ticket, it is crucial to contact an attorney who will fight to keep your CDL from being suspended.