Get The Help You Need To Protect Your License After A CDL Violation
In Illinois, driving is a privilege for standard and commercial license holders. The state can suspend or revoke a driver’s license following a violation. For professional drivers, a CDL violation jeopardizes your ability to earn a living and can have devastating consequences. I am attorney Tom Speedie, and I provide strategic legal representation to drivers issued commercial driver’s license (CDL) violations.
CDL Suspension Categories
Illinois laws mirror federal regulations and treat CDL violations much harsher than standard traffic violations. The state categorizes CDL offenses leading to license disqualification into four categories:
Major offenses: A first major offense can result in a one-year disqualification, but a second offense can result in the loss of your CDL for LIFE. Offenses include:
- Leaving the scene of an accident, in a personal or commercial vehicle
- Operating a commercial vehicle without a valid CDL
- Refusing to submit to a chemical test
- Any alcohol and drug-related offenses
Serious traffic violations: A second serious traffic violation within three years of the first will result in a 60-day disqualification. A third violation within three years will result in a 120-day disqualification. Possible violations include:
- Speeding in excess of 15 mph
- Improper lane changing and tailgating
- Causing a traffic fatality while violating a traffic law
- Operating a commercial vehicle without a CDL endorsement or without having your CDL on your person
Railroad crossing violations: A first violation will result in a 60-day disqualification, a second within three years will lead to a minimum of 120-day suspension and a third or subsequent violation within three years will result in a one-year disqualification. Railroad offenses include:
- Failure to slow down and check for clear tracks
- Failure to stop before crossing when required
- Crossing railroad tracks when there is not enough room for your commercial vehicle
Out-of-service order (OOSO) violations: Penalties vary depending on whether or not you were transporting hazardous materials.
How I Can Help
I am often able to assist in keeping ordinary tickets (most frequently speeders) off your record for points and insurance purposes. I am also able to help with court dates. I am often able to help clients avoid court appearances for minor violations, such as speeding in a work zone.
Protect Your Ability To Drive
From my office in Nashville, I represent Illinois drivers and out-of-state drivers ticketed while passing through. Your driving record is your resume and gateway to earning a living; protect it with the right lawyer. To schedule a free consultation, please call 800-584-0812 or reach me online.