As a truck driver, a CDL disqualification or CDL suspension is one of the worst things that can happen during your career. It can not only burden you and your family financially but can also keep you from progressing in your career. The same goes for new driver hopefuls. If you have been involved in CDL disqualifying offenses, you may have to put your goal of becoming a truck driver on hold. That said, avoiding a suspension/disqualification altogether, or getting your license reinstated should be every commercial driver’s top priority. To best avoid CDL suspensions and disqualifications it is important for CDL holders to understand exactly what disqualifies you from getting a CDL, what felonies disqualify you from getting a CDL, and what you should do in the event you have been involved in a CDL disqualifying offense. That way, you will know how to avoid CDL suspensions and disqualifications, as well as know what steps to take to get your suspended CDL reinstated.
For starters, it is important to understand the difference between a CDL Disqualification and a CDL Suspension. The main difference between the two is the underlying type of traffic violation or offense you are involved with. As you will see in the list below, some traffic offenses/violations will result in a CDL disqualification, while others will result in a CDL suspension. If your CDL is disqualified, you are still allowed to operate a standard vehicle but not a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). However, if your CDL is suspended, you are not allowed to operate any kind of vehicle.
Although there are many different traffic offenses and violations that can result in a CDL disqualification in California, the following are the most common.
More serious offenses that result in a CDL suspension in California include the following.
Now for the real question, “What do you do if your CDL is suspended or disqualified?” As you can imagine, there are different steps to take depending on the reason your CDL was disqualified or suspended, but in general, the following is what you will need to do.
Depending on what state you are in, a CDL suspension or disqualification can potentially be appealed through the court in which the traffic violation/offense occurred. However, we do recommend that CDL holders attempting to appeal a CDL disqualification or suspension contact a traffic ticket attorney that has experience helping commercial drivers. That way they can help you evaluate the evidence of the case and develop a strong strategy to help get your CDL reinstated.
Now that you know a little more about what disqualifies you from getting a CDL, and what felonies disqualify you from getting a CDL, hopefully you are better equipped to avoid these offenses and never have to deal with this kind of situation. However, if you end up finding yourself in a bad spot, now you will know what you should do if you are involved in a CDL disqualifying offense. Due to the seriousness of these offenses, we always recommend seeking legal counsel if able. Although there is no good or easy way to deal with a CDL disqualification and CDL suspension, they will be able to help you through the process and hopefully soften the blow.
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