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Is your CDL at risk of suspension?

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Georgia commercial vehicle drivers have a tough job. Many people do not fully understand the trials and hardships that truck drivers face on an almost daily basis. However, without them, most individuals would not be able to obtain the many products they want and need to keep their daily lives moving smoothly. Additionally, as a commercial truck driver, you rely on your job to help you earn an income and meet your own needs.

Unfortunately, if you face certain legal issues, your commercial driver’s license could end up at risk for suspension. If this happens, your job could also be on the line because you cannot operate your truck to earn an income if you do not have a valid license.

Why could authorities suspend your license?

While you and many other drivers likely strive for a perfect driving record, it is likely for most people to face a run-in with law enforcement for a traffic or parking violation at some point. For you and other truck drivers, that likelihood may increase simply because you are on the road so much. While one ticket may not be enough to throw your entire career off the rails, it is important to keep in mind that multiple violations could significantly work against you.

Additionally, it is important to note that, even if authorities conduct a traffic stop while you are in your personal vehicle, your CDL could face negative repercussions. Some common issues that could result in the disqualification of your CDL include the following:

  • Railroad crossing violations, such as not stopping before driving onto the tracks or not making sure the tracks are clear
  • Driving under the influence or while intoxicated
  • Accruing points on your driver’s license
  • Out-of-service order violations, such as not taking breaks or rest periods as required by law
  • Traffic violations, such as reckless driving, racing, excessive speeding, not having your CDL with you when operating a commercial vehicle

Because your CDL plays an important part in your livelihood, you undoubtedly do not want any of these or other issues putting your license at risk of suspension. If you believe this type of scenario could affect you, you may want to determine your legal options for possibly combatting suspension. Gaining information from local legal resources could ensure that the knowledge you gain applies to your specific case.

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