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Rolling Meadows CDL Violations Defense Lawyer

Rolling Meadows CDL Defense Lawyer

Attorney Defending Traffic Tickets for Commercial Drivers in Cook County and DuPage County

If you drive an 18-wheeler or other commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for a living, you cannot work without a commercial driver's license (CDL). A clean driving record is equally important, or you risk losing your CDL.

Whether you are a farmer, bus driver, semi trucker, delivery man, snowplow driver, or large truck mechanic, you know the CDL rules. However, anyone can make a mistake, or get caught in a tough situation on the road, that leads to a CDL violation. Even some moving violations in your personal vehicle can trigger a suspension or revocation.

At Hartsfield Law, we have a deep respect for CMV drivers and understand how disastrous a CDL violation can be for you. We will work diligently to keep you driving and employed. We thoroughly understand the relevant state and federal laws, and just as importantly, we know how the local courts operate in Cook County and DuPage County. Depending on your situation, we might negotiate to have a charge dismissed or reduced (for example, getting a "serious" violation amended to a non-serious or equipment violation). We can also go to court to contest tickets, understanding that even a sentence of court supervision can result in a disqualification.

CDL Violations in Illinois

State and federal laws define four categories of CDL violations:

  • Major violations such as DUI or leaving the scene of an accident. A single major violation triggers a minimum one-year disqualification.
  • Serious traffic violations such as speeding more than 15 mph over the speed limit, using an electronic device, tailgating, or driving a CMV without the proper class of CDL. Two serious violations within a three-year period will trigger a 60-day disqualification, and a third serious violation within three years leads to a 120-day disqualification.
  • Railroad grade crossing offenses such as failing to slow down or stop when required. A first violation triggers a disqualification of at least 60 days.
  • Violating out-of-service orders, such as going back on the road after a safety inspector has declared that a driver and/or his CMV pose an imminent hazard to public safety. A violation results in disqualification for at least one year.

Get Help From a Rolling Meadows CDL Protection Lawyer

If you are a commercial driver needing to contest a traffic ticket in Cook County or DuPage County or are facing CDL disqualification in Illinois, an experienced Rolling Meadows CDL defense attorney can help. Hartsfield Law can help you fight any type of CDL violation or personal-vehicle traffic ticket that might affect your commercial driving privileges. Contact Hartsfield Law at 312-345-1700. We have offices in Chicago, Oakbrook Terrace, and Rolling Meadows.

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