If you hold a CDL license in Florida you need to protect it.
Your job and lifestyle likely depend on your CDL.
Unfortunately, it is very easy to lose a Commercial Driver's License.
CDL Drivers are held to a higher standard, no matter what they're driving.
That means, a CDL holder can receive tickets, fines, and penalties against their CDL, even if they aren't driving their truck or on the job at the time.
The best way to avoid becoming a CDL offender is to practice safe and responsible driving habits at all times, even in your personal vehicle. Consult the lists below to see which driving offenses can cost you the most in Florida.
The Traffic Ticket Lawyers at Skubiak & Rivas, P.A. are ready to help in a difficult situation.
Avoid These Criminal Offenses
CDL drives who are ticketed for any of the following can expect to lose their licenses, pay heavy fines, and possibly spend some time in jail. Everything in this list is considered a criminal offense.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
- Refusing a breathalyzer test
- Causing a fatality due to reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving on a suspended license
- Distributing or dispensing controlled substances in a vehicle
Avoid These Civil Offenses
Civil violations are less serious, but no less detrimental to your driving record and insurance rates. Secure any one of these offenses and you'll see heavy fines, a possible suspension of your CDL, points added to your license, higher insurance rates, and possibly jail time or probation.
- Improper passing or lane changes
- Speeding 15 mph or more above the speed limit
- Driving a commercial vehicle without the CDL in your possession
- Driving a rig without the appropriate endorsement
- Violation of traffic signs and signals
Protect Your CDL Status With Help From Orlando's Traffic Law Attorneys At Skubiak & Rivas, P.A.
If you've been cited for any traffic violation, contact the CDL attorneys at Skubiak & Rivas. You always have the option of fighting the charge if you think it is unjust or you can prove your innocence or apply for a reduced charge if you feel the charge is unfair or inaccurate.
Keep your record clean and your CDL safe. Contact our Orlando attorneys at 407-894-4449 for a free consultation.
TRUST US WITH YOUR CDL TICKET
When commercial drivers are convicted of committing traffic violations in the State of Florida, it can be devastating to their job and livelihood. If you have a CDL and are convicted of driving any motor vehicle in Florida-even your car-while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or if you are stopped while in possession of a controlled substance, you could lose your license for up to a year. For a second offense, you could be permanently disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle.
At Skubiak & Rivas, P.A., in Orlando, Florida, we have a tremendous amount of experience in defending Florida Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders throughout all of Central Florida’s counties. With more than 60 years of combined experience, we are Central Florida’s traffic defense law firm. Contact us for a free initial consultation.
Drivers with a CDL are judged by a stricter standard than other drivers in drinking and driving cases. Did you know that you can be convicted of drunk driving with a lower blood-alcohol level than ordinary drivers? Protect your license and your job and contact a knowledgeable CDL defense attorney today.
What To Do If You Are A CDL Offender
CDL drivers have a lot of responsibility to be a good driver in the State of Florida. You risk your Commercial Driver's License with every traffic infraction, even if it happened in your own personal vehicle when you were not working. The implications are severe; you'll face higher penalties than non-CDL licensed drivers and the possibility of permanently losing your Commercial Driver's License after just two infractions. You also have a duty to inform your employer of the ticket and/or the State of Florida if the infraction occurred out of state and you may face higher insurance rates.
If you are a CDL driver who has committed one or more traffic violations, you need to contact a traffic law attorney at Skubiak & Rivas as soon as possible. We can review your situation and take steps to minimize the damage a ticket can cause.
You Have A Right To Fight Back
As with any
Time is of the essence for CDL drivers. Since you are open to so much more risk than a non-CDL driver and since charges add up quickly, you need to take actions to protect your driving record and privileges right away. In most cases you will only have 30 days to respond to a traffic citation.
Contact Skubiak & Rivas, P.A. in Orlando, Florida right away to receive a free consultation and assessment of your situation. We'll be honest and upfront about your options and will draw on our more than 60 years of combined experience to defend your driving record.
Reducing Past CDL Convictions
Keeping your Commercial Driver's License record clean is of the highest priority for anyone who depends on the CDL for his or her job. Unfortunately, even the smallest of infractions like speeding or running a red light can threaten a CDL holder. This is true even if you weren't working at the time and even if you were driving your own personal vehicle. Penalties range from a 60 or 120-day license suspension to permanent disqualification for the most serious offenses, like DUI. These are not penalties that a CDL driver can afford.
Even if you've received a citation or citations, there is a way to save your CDL status. The Skubiak & Rivas traffic law attorneys have successfully defended CDL drivers in Orlando, Seminole, Orange, and Osceola Counties to have convictions overturned or reduced, thus preserving the driver's record and CDL status.
Fighting Commercial Driver's License Violations
It is possible to fight a CDL violation and you definitely should! It's hard enough to obtain a CDL in the first place, the last thing you want is to lose it temporarily or permanently. Driving school is not an option for CDL citations, which means your only option is to fight the charge in court.
You need to act quickly though. You will only have 30 days from the time of the citation to request a hearing. There are a number of defenses that can be applied to reduce your charges or have the ticket dismissed.
Contact Skubiak & Rivas For CDL Defense In Orlando
There is no reason to let a traffic violation threaten your employment status when you can reduce past CDL convictions or fight current ones with help from the Skubiak & Rivas traffic law attorneys. Call us at 407-894-4449 for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case.
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