For CDL Drivers – If you received a speeding ticket in Arkansas and have a Commercial Driver’s License, there are a few things you should know.
We represent traffic violations in the following Arkansas Counties: Faulkner County, Pulaski County, Lonoke County Garland County, Hot Springs County and Jefferson County.
The vast majority of drivers play by the same rules of the road. However, if you are a person who holds a CDL license and makes their living by driving, the rules can be very different, and much stricter. The consequences of getting a simple speeding ticket can be devastating to a CDL driver, it can add harmful points to your license and in some cases even cost you your job.
CDL violations are broken into two categories, Major traffic violations and Serious traffic violations.
If you commit one major violation, the result is having your license disqualified for one year, or three years if you happened to be hauling hazardous materials. A second major violation can result in a lifetime disqualification.
Major violations consist of: DWI, Refusal, leaving the scene of an accident, using a vehicle in the commission of a felony, driving a commercial vehicle when your license is suspended from operating a commercial vehicle, and others.
If you have a CDL, and get charged with committing two serious traffic violations within three years, you are subject to having your license suspended for sixty days. Committing three serious traffic violations within a three-year period can result in a license suspension for 120 days. Furthermore, violations are required to be disclosed to the CDL driver’s employer.
Serious violations consist of: speeding (over 15 miles per hour beyond the posted speed limit), improper lane change, reckless driving, driving a commercial vehicle without a CDL, driving a commercial vehicle outside the class you are licensed, and others.
It is important to be aware of the risk associated with simply entering a plea of guilty and paying your fine if you have a CDL. Keeping your driving record clean is extremely important. To keep your record clean when you are charged with a violation, you should contact an experienced traffic lawyer. Our firm has the experience to navigate the technicalities surrounding CDL tickets and help protect your license and your job.