Miami Commercial Driver's License Attorney
Commercial Traffic Violations in Florida
Obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is far more difficult
than getting a civilian-level driver's license and yet losing one
due to legal penalties is all the quicker. Due to the increased size and
weight of most commercial vehicles – a semi-truck or tractor being
driven down a roadway to a jobsite, for example – care and consideration
cannot be ignored while operating one. Accidents with a commercial vehicle
are more likely to cause high amounts of damages, including injury to
If you have a CDL and operate a commercial vehicle, you need to be aware
of the severity traffic violations may incur upon your employment status.
As with civilian driver's licenses, errors and violations will add
"points" to the license – too many points accrued and
the license is revoked. Even if you are ticketed in your personally owned,
family vehicle, points may be applied to your CDL based on the circumstances.
How are points added to my CDL?
Most violations that can add points to your driver's license will add
up to 1.5x that amount to your commercial driver's license. This means
that certain violations involving a commercial vehicle could result in
the immediate revocation of your CDL.
traffic violations that carry severe penalties against truck drivers include:
Speeding: Going faster to reach your destination may seem like a good way to keep
your job, but it is actually a great way to lose it. Going just 15 miles
per hour over a posted speed limit in a semi-truck is viewed as a harsh
violation, sometimes comparable to going 30 miles per hour over the speed
limit in a civilian vehicle.
DUI: Driving while intoxicated is always a terrible idea, as it impairs judgement,
reaction time, and motor control. If you are caught operating your commercial
vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or another illicit substance,
your CDL will likely be revoked.
Tailgating: Following too closely to another driver while operating a tractor trailer
is extremely dangerous. If the other driver must brake suddenly, they
can find themselves crushed by the front end of your massive vehicle.
What do I do if my CDL is going to be revoked?
Even if you have been ticketed for traffic violations in your commercial
vehicle and did not contest them, you do not have to lose your CDL. One
of our experienced traffic lawyers in Miami will be able to evaluate your
case and help you keep your commercial driver's license.
Contact the Law Offices of Daniel Schulefand today to start defending your future.