Chicago Commercial Driver’s License Attorney
Let the Law Offices of Mitch Furman Protect Your Rights & Livelihood
Whether it's carrying cargo or people, commercial driver's license (CDL) holders are generally held to a higher standard on the road for operating large motor vehicles. When a commercial driver commits a traffic violation or even a criminal offense, not only do these drivers face the possibility of spending time behind bars or costly fines, but also the suspension or loss of their CDL. Losing a CDL means losing a career and the financial means to support a family.
If you are a commercial driver who is at risk of losing your CDL, I, Attorney Mitch Furman, am dedicated to helping you avoid serious criminal penalties and retain your CDL. With more than two decades of legal experience and an exceptional track record of success, I can protect your rights, reputation, and future throughout the legal process.
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Major Offenses & Serious Traffic Violations in Illinois
When a CDL holder is issued a traffic ticket in Illinois, there are two categories of moving violations: major offenses and serious traffic violations. Keep in mind, committing either violation while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) or your personal vehicle will lead to the same penalties.
Committing a first-time major offense results in an automatic one-year disqualification from operating a CMV. A second major offense is punishable by a lifetime revocation of your CDL.
Common types of major offenses include:
- DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .04
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Refusing to take a chemical test (e.g. breath, blood, or urine test)
- Committing a felony while driving
- Operating a CMV with a suspended, revoked, or canceled CDL
- Fleeing the scene of a crash
On the other hand, accruing multiple serious traffic violations over a period of time can lead to CDL disqualification. For example, committing two serious traffic violations in a span of three years will result in a 60-day disqualification, while committing three serious traffic violations within the same time frame will lead to a 120-day disqualification.
Common types of serious traffic violations include:
- Driving over 15 mph over the posted speed limit
- Speeding too fast for road conditions
- Failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision
- Reckless driving
- Improper passing
- Disregarding a lane control device
In Illinois, texting or using your cellphone while driving is considered a serious violation. Furthermore, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may also issue a maximum $2,750 fine for using a cellphone or electronic device while driving. Employers who allow or require their employees to use electronic devices while driving may face civil fines not exceeding $11,000.
Remember, a CDL holder must be convicted before any of the above disqualifications apply. That is why it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
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I am prepared to negotiate moving offenses to non-moving offenses and even litigate traffic violations in court. My goal is to do my best to keep you on the road and putting food on the table for your family. Do not hesitate to let me help you either get your charges or penalties reduced or your entire case dismissed.
Contact me today to discuss your legal options.