Holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Texas puts the driver under even more scrutiny than those with a regular driver’s license. CDL holders are considered professional drivers and when driving a larger vehicle there are more rules and laws to follow. Not only are lives and safety at risk, but also the CDL driver’s livelihood.
In addition to the many employment guidelines that a company may have, CDL drivers need to understand the rules imposed by the State of Texas. Some common major violations include:
- Driving under the influence
- Fleeing the scene of an accident
- Negligent driving
- Trucking while CDL is suspended, revoked, or cancelled
In addition to the major violations, there are some violations that result in only a citation. Even though they are Class C Misdemeanors, these violations carry points if convicted and can jeopardize your CDL and employment. These violations include:
- Following too closely
- Improper lane changing
- Driving a commercial vehicle without your CDL in possession
The circumstances mentioned above are all reasons why you should employ legal representation to defend yourself in cases regarding your CDL. As soon as you receive a ticket, call for an experienced CDL defense attorney for a consultation. A good CDL lawyer will explain how the law applies in your case and the repercussions of simply paying the fine and taking a conviction on your driving record.
Texas has a point-based system. A conviction for a moving violation causes you to accumulate 2 points towards your CDL for each violation. These points remain on the driver’s record for three years from the date of conviction. If you accumulate six (6) or more points, then you will be assessed a surcharge by TX DPS. CDL drivers spend many hours behind the wheel and it is important to understand how these citations can impact your ability to stay on the road and employed.
In addition to the point system, there are also instances where your CDL can be disqualified. It’s important that you seek the expertise of a strong legal team if you are charged with any of these offences. The chart below highlights the circumstances where a CDL could be disqualified, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety website.
If you have a CDL, never put your employment at risk. Everyone deserves the right to make a living and hiring an experienced CDL defense attorney is always the best option to protect your CDL and your livelihood. The legal team at Joyner + Joyner – Texas Law Firm has a proven track record of successfully representing CDL drivers throughout the State of Texas. Put our experience to work for you.
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