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I have a CDL and got a ticket. Do I need an attorney?

A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is an absolute necessity for professional drivers. We understand that drivers spend long hours on the road. Occasionally, you may exceed the speed limit. If you get pulled over for a traffic violation and hold a CDL, there are things that you must know. It is important to consult an attorney before making any decisions so you can protect your CDL.

Do I have to appear in court?

Your ticket will show whether a court appearance in required. Most commercial drivers receive tickets while on a long trip. We understand that it will probably be difficult for you to appear on your court date. Many of these cases can be handled without you having to appear in court if you hire an attorney.

Should I just pay my ticket?

You will see instructions on how to pay your ticket if an appearance is not required. We recommend consulting with an attorney before making any decisions if you hold a CDL. There are consequences that could affect your career and we want you to be fully informed.

Will a traffic ticket affect my CDL?

If you have a CDL and get a conviction for a traffic violation, you may affect future job opportunities. Receiving convictions for moving violations could result in your CDL being disqualified.

In some cases, even if you are able to get court supervision (which does not result in a conviction), your CDL could still be disqualified. This depends on the severity of the offense and whether the driver would be considered dangerous. It is important to protect your driving record at all costs. It can be hard to find employment with even a minor blemish on your driving record.

Please continue to read below for more information about how a traffic violation can affect your CDL.

Pulaski County, Illinois Traffic Lawyers Who Will Help Get The Best Outcome For Your CDL

There are certain traffic violations which are defined as serious offenses. We have compiled a list of most of these offenses below. This may not be an exhaustive list, but it is extensive. If you are ticketed for any of these offenses, you should consult with an Illinois traffic attorney.

If you are convicted, or receive court supervision, for two serious violations in a three-year period, your CDL will be disqualified for two months.

If you are convicted, or receive court supervision, for three serious violations in a three-year period, your CDL will be disqualified for not less than four months.

If you are convicted, or receive court supervision, for a DUI, your CDL will be disqualified for 1 year. Your CDL will be disqualified for three years if you had any other serious offense violations within the preceding three years. Your CDL will be disqualified for life for a second DUI conviction.

Not so fun fact: If you are driving a commercial vehicle and test over a .04 BAC, your CDL will be disqualified for a year. There are much higher standards and responsibility for driving a commercial vehicle. Please drive responsibly.

Serious Traffic Violations

We have compiled a list of serious traffic offenses. For these offenses, you could face disqualification of your CDL, even if you receive court supervision. As far as the Federal rules for your CDL are concerned, court supervision is the same as a conviction.

Serious traffic violations are defined by the Secretary of State in the Illinois Administrative Code (92 Illinois Administrative Code 1040) and the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/6-500.26).

The following are considered serious traffic violations:

625 ILCS 5/6-101

Operating a motor vehicle without a valid license or permit (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-104(a)

Violation of license classification for first and second division vehicles (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-104(b)

Violation of classification for transporting persons for hire (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-104(c)

Violation of classification for transporting property for hire (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-104(d)

Violation of school bus driver permits (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-104(e)

Violation of religious bus driver endorsement (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-104(f)

Violation of classification for transportation of the elderly (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-105

Violation of instruction permit (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-308

Disregarding Lane Control Signal

625 ILCS 5/6-501

Violation of More Than One Driver’s License

625 ILCS 5/11-503

Reckless driving (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-507(a)(1)

Driving without a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in possession (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/6-526(a)

Texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle (a serious violation)

625 ILCS 5/6-527(a)

Using a handheld mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle (a serious violation)

625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)

15-25 MPH above limit (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)

Over 25 MPH above limit (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)

26-29 MPH above limit (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring prior to 1/27/11)

625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)

26-30 MPH above limit (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring on or after 1/27/11 and prior to 1/1/14)

625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)

Over 29 MPH above limit (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring prior to 1/27/11)

625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)

Over 30 MPH above limit (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring on or after 1/27/11 and prior to 1/1/14)

625 ILCS 5/11-601.5

Driving 40 MPH or more in excess of the applicable speed limit (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring prior to 1/27/11)

625 ILCS 5/11-601.5(a)

30-39 MPH above limit (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring prior to 1/1/14)

625 ILCS 5/11-601.5(a)

31-39 MPH above limit (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring prior to 1/1/14)

625 ILCS 5/11-601.5(a)

26-34 MPH above limit (a serious violation in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring on or after 1/1/14)

625 ILCS 5/11-601.5(b)

35 MPH or more above limit (a serious violation in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring on or after 1/1/14)

625 ILCS 5/11-601.5(b)

40 or more MPH above limit (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle) (arrests occurring on or after 12/31/10 and prior to 1/1/14)

625 ILCS 5/11-605

Exceeding the maximum speed limit in a school zone (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-605(a)

Exceeding the maximum speed limit in a school zone (a serious violation in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-605(b)

Exceeding the maximum speed limit through a highway construction or maintenance zone (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-605.1

Exceeding the maximum speed limit in a construction zone when workers are present (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-605.1(a-5)

Exceeding the maximum speed limit in a construction zone when workers are not present (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-709(a)

Improper traffic lane usage (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-709(b)

Improper center lane usage (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-709(c)

Improper traffic lane usage (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-709(d)

Improper traffic lane usage (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-710

Following too closely (a serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-1201(a)

For drivers who are not always required to stop, failing to stop before reaching the railroad crossing, if tracks are not clear (serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-1201(a-5)

For drivers who are not always required to stop, failing to slow down and check that the tracks are clear of approaching train or railroad track equipment (serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/11-1201(d-1)

For all drivers, failing to negotiate a railroad-highway grade crossing because of insufficient undercarriage clearance (serious traffic violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/12-610.1e

Using a wireless phone in a school or construction zone or within 500 feet of an emergency scene (a serious violation if committed in a commercial motor vehicle)

625 ILCS 5/12-610.2b

Using an electronic communications device (a serious violation if committed in a

commercial motor vehicle) (Second or subsequent violation)

625 ILCS 5/11-1412.1

Driving Upon Sidewalk

625 ILCS 5/11-1414(a)

Passing School Bus Receiving or Discharging Children

625 ILCS 5/11-1425(b)

For all drivers, failing to have sufficient space to drive completely through the railroad crossing without stopping

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Cell Phone Use While Driving
Disobeying a Traffic Control Device
Driving with a Revoked License
Driving with a Suspended License
Driving Without a Valid License
Driving Without Valid Insurance
Failure to Reduce Speed / Accident
Failure to Secure a Child Passenger
Failure to Signal
Failure to Yield
Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
Following Too Closely
Illegal Transportation of Alcohol
Illegal Transportation of Cannabis
Improper Lane Usage
Improper U-Turn
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Nighttime Driving Restrictions
Overweight Truck Violations
Passing a School Bus
Reckless Driving
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign
Seat Belt Violations
Speeding
Speeding in a School Zone
Speeding in a Construction Zone

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