At the Law Office of C.F. Cowan, P.L.L.C., we represent commercial driver’s license (CDL) drivers with traffic citations in multiple municipal and mayor’s courts in and around the City of Columbus and central Ohio. We frequently are able to successfully resolve CDL traffic tickets without the driver ever having to come to court.
Most CDL traffic tickets in central Ohio are issued on the interstates, though many are issued on other roadways as well. The charges may range from speeding, to failure to control the vehicle, to the illegal transportation of hazardous material inside I-270, to other CDL traffic charges.
How A Ticket Affects CDL Drivers
Traffic ticket impact CDL drivers differently than those who have regular driver’s licenses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) establishes mandatory suspensions for a CDL driver depending on the driver’s previous convictions and whether the offense considered is major or serious.
Major traffic violations include:
- Operating a vehicle while intoxicated
- Operating a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04% or greater
- Leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident (hit-skip)
- Driving with a suspended commercial driver’s license
- Refusing a blood/breath test under a state’s implied consent law
Serious traffic violations include:
- Convictions for speeding 15 mph or more over the speed limit
- Marked lanes violations or unsafe lane changes
- Following too closely behind another vehicle
- Texting while driving
- Driving a commercial vehicle without a CDL
Most CDL drivers are aware of the impact of a major CDL traffic violation. But many CDL drivers overlook the potential impact of a serious traffic violation. This is particularly the case with tickets for speeding and marked lanes violations. These offenses may seem harmless but receiving multiple offenses could cost you your commercial driver’s license and your job.
Should You Prepay A Ticket?
You should think twice before prepaying your traffic ticket. If you pay your CDL traffic ticket, then you will be convicted of all offenses charged in the ticket. These offenses and corresponding points will appear on your BMV driving record. If any of these offenses are major or serious traffic violations, then your commercial driver’s license may be in jeopardy.
Call An Attorney Today To Discuss Your CDL Ticket
At the Law Office of C.F. Cowan, P.L.L.C., we understand that CDL drivers earn a living on the road and do not want to spend time in court. We can seek the court’s approval to appear on your behalf so you never need to enter the courtroom.
We offer legal representation to CDL drivers charged with traffic tickets in the Columbus metropolitan area and central Ohio.