CDL holders are held to a higher standard, especially for traffic offenses committed while operating a commercial vehicle including a commercial truck or bus. If the commercial driver is convicted of a traffic offense, they might get their commercial driver’s license taken away.
Even if they don’t lose the CDL license, the CDL holder might lose their job or have problems finding a new job based on their driving record.
With offices in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, the attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represent the holders of a commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) in Florida after being issued a traffic citation. We know the laws that apply to truck drivers, bus drivers, delivery van drivers and other types of commercial drivers throughout Palm Beach County and Broward County, FL.
We understand that even if you are accused of a traffic offense while outside of work and outside of a commercial vehicle, your CDL can still be impacted. A traffic ticket issued in Florida can lead to higher insurance rates and a decrease in your employment opportunities.
Our attorneys are well-versed in defending against trucking industry specific regulations including:
Civil traffic infractions that can impact the holder of a commercial driver’s license can include:
Criminal traffic crimes that can impact a person with a commercial driver’s license can include:
For certain types of traffic infractions committed by commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and commercial driver license (CDL) holders, federal rules and regulations prohibit the State of Florida from masking a conviction, deferring imposition of judgment, or allowing enrollment in a diversion program. See 49 C.F.R. 384.226 on the FMCSA website.
Under these federal rules and regulations, a state is prohibited from allowing a CLP holder or CDL holder that has received a traffic citation from attending driver improvement school to have adjudication of guilt withheld by a court. Having a withhold of adjuciation is considered to be "masking a conviction."
Florida law prohibits a CDL holder from attending driver improvement school and electing to have a withhold of adjudication in the following instances:
With offices in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, FL, the attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. provide an aggressive defense to any CDL holder in Florida. We representing truck drivers, bus drivers, delivery van drivers, limo drivers and other commercial drivers against any charges that can impact their driving record or CDL.
We fight CDL violations in Broward County and Palm Beach County, FL. Call (561) 557-8686 today to discuss your case.
This article was last updated on Monday, November 7, 2016.
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