Traffic tickets can quickly cause financial trouble and disruption in a defendant's personal and professional life. However, commercial drivers who receive traffic tickets are in danger of suffering much more serious consequences than others. Whatever the incident may be, holders of commercial drivers licenses (CDLs) can suffer serious repercussions that endanger their careers and wellbeing.
At The Kann California Defense Group, our legal team understands the serious difficulties that come with commercial traffic tickets. Santa Clarita commercial traffic ticket defense attorney Daniel E. Kann has the years of experience and resources needed to dismiss your charges and restore your rights as a driver and a worker. Do not hesitate to call. A free consultation is available to those who dial (888) 744-7730.
The Most Devastating Commercial Traffic Tickets
Commercial drivers are subjected to the same rules of the road as all other vehicles. However, they also must abide by many more regulations aimed specifically at those who drive for a living. All tickets can cause repercussions for a professional driver, but some of the most serious offenses include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Driving with a revoked, cancelled, or suspended CDL
- Negligent driving that results in a fatal crash
- Traveling at 15 miles per hour or more above the speed limit
- Violating federal Hours-of-Service rules
- Driving a rig without the proper endorsement
If police accuse you of committing any one of these traffic violations, you can be served with a ticket, which may carry many different consequences. All of the above listed are much more likely to carry consequences beyond a fine or points on your driving record. Rather, they may endanger your driving privileges and career.
As a commercial driver, it is your duty to avoid making these costly mistakes. However, mistakes and misconceptions can easily lead to being wrongfully charged and in danger of severe penalties.
The Effects of Traffic Tickets on Commercial Drivers
Everyone knows the typical consequences of a traffic ticket in California: fines, points on your driving record, traffic school, and license suspension for the worst offenses. But the consequences are much more severe, and possibly permanent, for commercial drivers. Since the careers of commercial drivers are tied to the CDLs, charges that endanger their ability to drive or make them seem incompetent in the job can quickly affect work stability.
Depending on the type of offense, commercial drivers may have their licenses suspended or completely revoked. In either case, the loss of license can last for months or years, but it may be permanent if the related offense was serious enough, such as a fatal drunk driving crash.
Additionally, because of the alleged violation and the loss of license, commercial drivers are at a high risk of losing their jobs permanently. Even if they eventually regain their CDL, their former company may refuse to hire them. Additionally, having these traffic tickets on your license may keep any other potential employer from hiring you, even years after an incident.
Outside of these most severe penalties, other traffic violation may still cost a commercial driver his or her job, as they are required to report it to their employer. Depending on company policy and various other factors, even incidents like a speeding ticket may endanger a driver's career. As such, it is vital to get in touch with an experienced lawyer who will fight to prevent such severe repercussions from disrupting your life and goals as a commercial driver.
Protecting Your Career with the Help of a Successful Attorney
If you are currently facing career-altering traffic tickets, get in touch with Los Angeles commercial traffic ticket attorney Daniel E. Kann. Attorney Kann and the legal team at The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann have protected countless clients from the devastation that tickets bring and are ready to help you without delay. The sooner you call (888) 744-7730, the sooner we can begin protecting your rights.