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Commercial drivers and traffic violations

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Maryland truck drivers need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate their oversized vehicles legally. A tractor-trailer requires specialized knowledge and skills, so a standard driver’s license doesn’t cut it. These drivers spend a lot of time on the road, which boosts their experience behind the wheel. The extended time driving also puts them at great risk of getting a traffic citation, and a ticket may adversely affect their employment.

Truck drivers and traffic tickets

When a driver commits traffic violations, they can face serious repercussions. Both commercial and non-commercial drivers can face a license suspension in Maryland for committing traffic violations. However, CDL drivers can be held to a higher standard and may face more severe penalties if they commit certain violations. Those who commit serious traffic violations may face 60 or 120-day license suspensions if they rack up a specific number of citations within a certain timeframe.

Commercial drivers should also understand that particular laws apply exclusively to them. Those failing to follow Maryland state laws regarding commercial vehicles may face penalties.

Traffic crimes and CDLs

There are other legal issues to consider when holding a CDL. Under the Maryland Commercial Driver’s License Act, a driver may face disqualification from driving a commercial vehicle for one year if they violate certain federal or state laws, such as leaving the scene of an accident or committing a crime that may result in imprisonment for more than one year. Committing traffic crimes, such as a DUI, can also cause serious problems for a professional driver.

A suspension of driving privileges may lead to serious economic harm. Commercial drivers intending to fight their legal predicament might need to prove their case in court to avoid facing sanctions for violations they did not commit.