Chicago Criminal Defense & Expungement Blog

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Protecting a CDL Driver's Career

Driving a truck or other commercial motor vehicle is a noble profession and is an honest way to put food on the table and help support a family.  When a CDL holder receives a ticket for a simple offense such as Improper Lane Usage the consequences are often nothing short of draconian.  In Illinois a non-CDL holder may request supervision and avoid a conviction on his record.  However, CDL drivers are not eligible for supervision, and therefore, are subject to a mandatory conviction.  This is true even if the CDL driver has not had a ticket in 20 years.  If a CDL driver receives two moving violation convictions within a 3 year period of time his CDL is subject to a 60 day disqualification.  Imagine how scary it must be to be told that for a 60 day period of time you cannot do what you have been relying on for the last 20 years to earn a living.  It gets worse when you consider the fact that even one conviction may raise a CDL holder's insurance to the point that he becomes less attractive to his current and future prospective employers.

Since supervision is not a viable option a traffic attorney must be creative in finding ways to protect the careers of his or her CDL clients.  If a CDL holder receives a ticket for a moving violation I will request that the charge be amended to a non-moving violation.  The following charges have not detrimentally impacted the careers of my CDL clients:

  1. 5/12-601(a)           (Loud Horn)

  2. 5/12-211(a)           (Broken Headlight or Broken Tail Light)

  3. 5/12-503(e)           (Cracked Windshield)

  4. 5/12-611                (Loud Stereo/radio)

  5. 5/12-603.1             (Failure to Wear Seatbelt)

  6. 5/12-502                (Broken Rear View Mirror)

  7. 5/11-1301(a)         (Parking Violation)

  8. 5/11-1304(a)         (Parking Violation)

  9. 5/12-301                (Defective Brakes)

  10. 5/12-602                (Loud Muffler)

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