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CDL Speeding Tickets: What to Do?

You need to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) if you intend to earn a living from operating a vehicle such as a bus, tank truck, or one that transports hazardous materials. There are different CDL classes, and the one you opt for will depend on what type of driving you want to do.

To get your CDL, you need to pass a theory test and complete a practical as well. The skills you need are significantly more advanced than those needed for an ordinary driver’s license. While you are learning to drive a commercial vehicle, you will require a commercial learner’s permit.

What happens if I get a speeding ticket with a CDL?

Getting speeding tickets with a CDL has more serious legal implications than getting them with a noncommercial license. The laws differ from one state to another, and drivers should retain legal counsel in the relevant jurisdiction for the purposes of representation.

In some states, you will get up to 1.5 times the number of points on your license if you are caught speeding with a CDL. Speeding tickets you get while driving in your private capacity are not separated from those on your CDL.

How long does a ticket stay on your CDL?

The truth is that there is going to be a permanent record of the speeding offense on your license. The points will, however, over time, be reduced or eliminated altogether. How long that will take depends on the state laws, and it is important information you need your legal representative to explain to you.

How do I fight a speeding ticket?

If you intend to fight a speeding ticket, you will need to appear in court to argue your case. Since the implications of getting a speeding ticket are serious, it is advisable to attend court with a legal representative. If you have a good case, the ticket could be rescinded. Alternatively, a good lawyer could negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor. This might reduce the number of points allocated to your license. This could be the difference between having your license suspended or not, and it will also affect the dollar amount of the fine you’ll need to pay.