CDL Speeding

At the Law Office of C.F. Cowan, we have successfully represented CDL drivers in speeding tickets and other CDL traffic matters in multiple municipal and mayor’s courts in central Ohio.

In this regard, many CDL drivers receive speeding tickets and other traffic citations on parts of Interstate 70 and Interstate 71 that pass through the respective jurisdictions of Franklin County Municipal Court and Madison County Municipal Court. And many other CDL drivers receive speeding tickets and other traffic citations further south on the part of Interstate 71 that passes through the jurisdiction of Clinton County Municipal Court. We have obtained positive results for CDL drivers that have received speeding tickets and other traffic citations along major interstates and roadways in central Ohio. We are familiar with the respective courts in these jurisdictions and can be of assistance to you in your CDL traffic case.

For legal assistance with your CDL speeding ticket or other CDL traffic citation, contact us at 614.695.5000 or contact us online. Below is a summary of the traffic offense of speeding, including the potential penalty and the points assessed if convicted of this offense.

Speeding 15 m.p.h. Or More Over The Speed Limit Is A “Serious Traffic Violation” Under Federal And Ohio Law.

If you are a commercial driver and you recently received a speeding ticket in Ohio, be careful about paying your ticket and not going to court. If you pay your ticket, then you are effectively pleading guilty and will be convicted of the charged speeding offense. The consequences of prepaying your ticket can be more serious than you might think.

Pursuant to federal mandate, speeding 15 m.p.h. or more over the speed limit is a “serious traffic violation” under federal and Ohio law. Other states likewise are required to designate such speeding offense as a “serious traffic violation.” This designation applies even if you were not operating a commercial vehicle at the time of the speeding offense. You may have been operating your own personal automobile. Nevertheless, if you are convicted of speeding 15 m.p.h. or more over the speed limit, then the offense is a “serious traffic violation.” Other serious traffic violations are discussed on this website at CDL Drivers – “Serious Traffic Violations.”

The Consequences For Accumulating “Serious Traffic Violations” Are Harsh.

The consequences for accumulating “serious traffic violations” are harsh. Under Ohio law, if you receive two or more “serious traffic violations” involving the operation of a commercial motor vehicle arising from separate incidents in a three-year period, then you will be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle for 60 days. This disqualification period shall be imposed consecutively to any other separate disqualification imposed under the applicable sections in the Ohio CDL disqualification statute, Ohio Revised Code Section 4506.16.

If you receive three or more “serious traffic violations” involving the operation of a commercial motor vehicle arising from separate incidents in a three-year period, then you will be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle for 120 days. This disqualification period shall be imposed consecutively to any other separate disqualification imposed under the applicable sections in the Ohio CDL disqualification statute, Ohio Revised Code Section 4506.16.

Similarly, if you receive two or more “serious traffic violations” involving the operation of a vehicle other than a commercial motor vehicle arising from separate incidents in a three-year period, then you will be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle for 60 days if the conviction results in the suspension, cancellation, or revocation of your commercial driver’s license or commercial driver’s license temporary instruction permit, or noncommercial motor vehicle driving privileges. This disqualification period shall be imposed consecutively to any other separate disqualification imposed under the applicable sections in the Ohio CDL disqualification statute, Ohio Revised Code Section 4506.16.

And If you receive three or more “serious traffic violations” involving the operation of a vehicle other than a commercial motor vehicle arising from separate incidents in a three-year period, then you will be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle for 60 days if the conviction results in the suspension, cancellation, or revocation of your commercial driver’s license or commercial driver’s license temporary instruction permit, or noncommercial motor vehicle driving privileges. This disqualification period shall be imposed consecutively to any other separate disqualification imposed under the applicable sections in the Ohio CDL disqualification statute, Ohio Revised Code Section 4506.16.

If your CDL was issued by another state, you should know that other states likewise have similar provisions with respect to serious traffic violations. These restrictions are derived from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act.

Even If Your CDL Speeding Ticket Is Not A “Serious Traffic Violation,” A Speeding Conviction Can Impair Your Ability To Earn A Living.

If licensed in Ohio, then convictions may result in points being added to your BMV driving record. And if licensed in another state, then with few exceptions, you likely will be subject to the BMV administrative scheme from your state of licensure that administratively penalizes either points accumulation or moving violations accumulation.

One common misconception in Ohio is that a speeding conviction will drop off an Ohio BMV driving record. That is not completely accurate. While a speeding conviction may cycle-through a typical Ohio three-year driving record, the conviction does not simply disappear. To the contrary, Ohio prosecutors can access all of your Ohio traffic convictions as well as other out-of-state traffic convictions.

Most CDL drivers are well aware of the fact that convictions for speeding and other moving violations convictions can have a negative impact on company safety records and insurance premiums. Given these additional concerns, such convictions may also jeopardize your ability to maintain employment as a CDL driver.

Depending On The Circumstances, It May Be Possible To Have Your CDL Speeding Ticket Reduced Or Dismissed Without Your Having To Go To Court.

Depending on your driving record, your speed, the prosecutor, and the court, it may be possible to have your CDL speeding ticket reduced or dismissed. Absent a poor driving record and an overly excessive speed, prosecutors in some courts have been willing to reduce CDL speeding tickets to non-moving, zero-point equipment violations. Likewise, prosecutors in other courts have been willing to reduce CDL speeding tickets to zero-point speeding convictions. And in some instances, prosecutors in other courts have been will to dismiss CDL speeding tickets for payment of court costs. Moreover, in most instances, these outcomes oftentimes can be reached without your having to appear in court.

Consult A Traffic Attorney About Your CDL Speeding Ticket Or Other CDL Traffic Citation.

Frequently a lawyer can appear in court and resolve a traffic case in the client’s absence, provided both the court and the prosecutor agree. This saves the client the aggravation of taking time off from work, fighting traffic to get to court on time, waiting for potentially hours for the case to be called, standing in long lines, and potentially having to do it all over again if the case is continued.

If you are seeking a traffic lawyer, contact us at 614.695.5000 or contact us online. We offer legal representation to drivers charged with traffic tickets. If you are seeking a traffic lawyer, contact us at 614.695.5000 or online.

We offer legal representation to drivers charged with traffic tickets in the Columbus metropolitan area. See our Courts We Serve page for more areas we serve.

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