CDL, Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyerIf you are a professional driver, your commercial driver’s license (CDL) is probably one of the most valuable documents you have. Without it, you cannot legally do your job and may suffer significant financial hardship. Getting a CDL is not something just anyone can do. As a CDL holder, you are held to a higher standard of driving conduct than those with standard driver’s licenses. If you are a professional driver in Illinois or hold a CDL for other reasons, it is imperative that you understand your rights and responsibilities. Read on to learn how traffic violations can put your commercial driver’s license at risk and what to do if you have been charged with a traffic violation.

Laws Are Stricter For Commercial Drivers

Most people with a CDL are tasked with transporting others or operating large vehicles like tractor-trailers, flatbeds, box trucks, buses, or dump trucks. Larger vehicles can obviously do much more damage than average-sized vehicles when operated in an unsafe manner. CDL holders have a greater responsibility to operate their commercial motor vehicle in a manner that protects the safety of pedestrians and other drivers. Consequently, commercial drivers face more severe punitive repercussions when they do commit a traffic violation. Traffic violations that could put your CDL in jeopardy include:

  • Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) without a valid CDL;
  • Driving a CMV without the appropriate endorsements;
  • Driving a CMV with a suspended, revoked, or expired CDL;
  • Speeding (driving 15 mph or more above the speed limit);
  • Reckless driving;
  • Improper lane changes;
  • Driving under the influence (DUI);
  • Refusing a blood alcohol content or sobriety test;
  • Leaving the scene of an accident;
  • Negligent driving;
  • Committing a felony while using a CMV; and
  • Using a CMV to distribute or manufacture a controlled substance.

Penalties for Traffic Violations Committed By a Commercial Driver Can Be Severe

When an individual with a CDL is convicted of any of the above violations, they may lose their ability to legally operate a commercial vehicle. A CDL operator convicted of a serious or major traffic violation can face CDL suspension or revocation, driving record points, fines, job loss, higher insurance rates, and even jail time. The severity of the punishment will vary from case to case and is dependent on the severity and frequency of the traffic violations.

Let Us Help

If you hold a commercial driver’s license and have been convicted of a traffic violation, you may be in danger of losing your commercial driving privileges. Contact the experienced Rolling Meadows commercial driver’s license violations lawyers at the Law Offices of Donald J. Cosley. Call 847-253-3100 to schedule a free initial case evaluation today.   Source: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=062500050HCh%2E+6+Art%2E+V&ActID=1815&ChapterID=49&SeqStart=89900000&SeqEnd=93300000

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traffic stop, Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorneyMost people can remember the feeling of independence that came with getting their driver’s license for the first time. On the other hand, most can also remember the nearly overwhelming fear that took over the first time they were pulled over by the police. Being stopped for a suspected traffic violation is intimidating for many drivers, including those who have been driving for decades. Younger drivers, however, often experience even more stress when they are pulled over, leading to confusing and potentially dangerous situations. Fortunately, lawmakers in Illinois have taken steps to prepare young drivers on how to handle being stopped by the police.

Helping New Drivers Learn the Rules of the Road

Approximately two years ago, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bipartisan measure requiring all driver’s education classes in the state to include a section on how to behave during a traffic stop. The bill’s timing coincided with a number of horrific, headline-making examples of traffic stops that escalated and spiraled out of control—some of them resulting in tragedy. The new law went into effect in 2017 and has affected driver’s education classes at public schools, private schools, and private training programs.

In many such classes, instructors ask a police officer to come in and talk to the students about traffic stops. The idea is to give drivers insight into concerns that the officer will have during the stop—something many young drivers may never have considered on their own. With a new perspective, new drivers will be better prepared if and when that first stop happens.

A Few Quick Tips

It would be easy to list pages and pages of advice on how to handle a traffic stop, but the most important tips can be quickly summarized. If you are pulled over for a possible traffic violation:

  • Be polite and do not argue. Arguing with the officer is not going to get you anywhere. If you disagree with the officer, you can state your disagreement reasonably and politely, but do not expect the officer to change his or her mind about a ticket;
  • Keep your hands visible and move slowly. During a traffic stop, a police officer is prepared for just about anything and may be a little on edge. If you need to move to get your license or insurance card, tell the officer where it is and ask for permission to retrieve it. Moving deliberately will keep you and the officer much safer; and
  • Address any problems later. If you believe the officer conducted an illegal stop or issued a ticket for something you did not do, you will have the chance to contest the ticket later. Your best option is to allow the stop to conclude as quickly as possible, even if it means allowing the officer to do something you do not believe is right. Calling the officer out on it during the stop is only likely to make things worse.

If the traffic stop results in a citation that you believe is unfair or inappropriate, your next step should be to contact an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorney. We will review your case and help you explore your available options. Call 847-253-3100 for a free consultation at Cosley Law Office today.

 

Sources:

http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/capitol-news/drivers-ed-classes-could-include-traffic-stop-training/509952242

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-drivers-ed-police-stops-illinois-law-met-20160906-story.html

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excuse, Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorneyWhen you are pulled over for violating a traffic law, it is only natural that you would want to get out of a ticket. While you probably know that you could contest the citation in court, the process of fighting the ticket often begins informally during the conversation with the officer on the scene. A conviction for a traffic violation could result in fines, higher insurance premiums, and other penalties, so not getting a ticket in the first place is the easiest way to avoid a conviction. Unfortunately, a police officer is unlikely to be sympathetic when you offer a poor excuse.

Excuse #1: “I Wasn’t Paying Attention”

Traffic laws exist primarily for the purpose of keeping drivers attentive and safe. If you tell an officer that you were not paying attention—to traffic lights, speed limit signs, or other drivers—you are basically admitting that you were not following the law. An officer is unlikely to cut you break for being distracted, and if he or she does, there is a good chance that you will still get a ticket for a lesser violation;

Excuse #2: “You Didn’t or Couldn’t See Me Breaking the Law”

A police officer has a sworn duty to carry out his or her assigned responsibilities. If your best defense is that the officer who pulled you over was not doing his or her job properly, things are not likely to go well for you. You are probably not going to avoid getting a ticket by insulting the officer, so it is best to leave this excuse unspoken.

Excuse #3: “You Didn’t Pull That Driver Over”

If you are stopped for speeding, there is a good possibility that other drivers around you were also exceeding the speed limit. The same may be true for other violations as well, such as rolling stops. The fact that others are breaking the law does not give you the unfettered freedom to do the same. It is understandable that you might say something like this out of frustration, but do not expect it to save you from a ticket. Depending on how you say it, you may even be admitting to violating the law.

Excuse #4: “I Didn’t Know…”

There are situations in the realm of criminal law where ignorance is a possible defense, but such is rarely the case for traffic violations. By driving on the streets and highways of Illinois, you agree to follow all of the applicable laws. You may have a point if, for example, the sign marking a speed limit change has fallen down or become blocked for some reason, but in general, it is up to you to know the rules of the road.

Contact a Traffic Violations Attorney

Instead of offering lame excuses to the officer during a traffic stop, it is more advisable to accept the citation without incident. Then, contact an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic citations attorney to explore your available options. Call Cosley Law Office at 847-253-3100 for a free consultation today.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1815&ChapterID=49

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