What Would You Do if You Lost Your Ability to Drive Commercial Vehicles for a Living?
Your commercial driver’s license (CDL) doesn’t just give you legal authorization to drive a truck. Your CDL enables you to put a roof over your head and food on the table. Unlike most drivers, who can carpool to work if they lose their driver’s license, your CDL is your work.
But your CDL can be taken away from you. And so can your job.
A traffic conviction can affect your CDL even if you were driving your personal vehicle on your own time. For example, if you are convicted of a DUI, you will be disqualified from operating commercial vehicles even if the violation occurred in your personal vehicle.
There are several violations than can result in the disqualification of your CDL, with disqualification periods ranging from 60 days to lifetime disqualifications. Even if your CDL is not disqualified as the result of the conviction, points assessed against your license by the DMV, or internally by your employer, can threaten your ability to work. Points assessed against your license can also make you more expensive to employ because your employer’s auto insurance premium will likely rise.
Let Our Experienced Traffic Defense Lawyers Protect Your CDL!
The lawyers at Hawthorne & Hawthorne are experienced in the courtroom and are able to provide you with competent defense for both major and minor traffic offenses, such as speeding tickets, reckless driving, and DUIs.
Our defense attorneys have represented CDL drivers in local courts throughout Southside Virginia, including the courts in Amelia County, Appomattox County, Buckingham County, Brunswick County, Campbell County, Charlotte County, Cumberland County, Dinwiddie County, Halifax County, Lunenburg County, Mecklenburg County, Nottoway County, and Prince Edward County.
If you have been charged with a traffic offense in Southside Virginia, while on the job or in your personal vehicle, contact one of our attorneys today to determine how a conviction for that offense will impact your CDL.