Lake County Indiana CDL - Commercial Driver's License Lawyer
Trucking Violations Attorney Serving Northwest Indiana
A Commercial Driver’s License (“CDL” for short) is a requirement for many types of trucking jobs. Driving a large commercial vehicle is markedly different from driving a normal passenger vehicle. Thus, by requiring that certain types of drivers hold a CDL, the government seeks to protect the safety of motorists.
While the concept of requiring a CDL to operate certain types of machinery is a good one, an unfortunate side effect is the devastating effect it can have when a truck driver loses his or her CDL. Whether it is a “simple” suspension, or even the prospect of losing your CDL completely, if you are facing legal problems with your driver’s license, you need the best counsel you can get.
Reasons Your CDL Could be at Risk
The statutes and regulations that govern a CDL are much more stringent than those governing a normal driver’s license. Certain infractions that might only garnish a fine or other minor repercussion if you were driving a passenger vehicle can cost you the livelihood afforded you by your CDL.
Here are a few of the offenses that could put your CDL at risk.
Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or other similar agents. While this is a state law issue, the federal law looks to the determination of state law in considering the outcome as it applies to your CDL.
Declining to be tested for drugs or alcohol. In some states, this type of refusal simply means a possible suspension of your driver’s license. However, when it comes to your CDL, you could run the very real risk of losing it for a longer period of time.
Leaving the scene of an accident (when your commercial vehicle was involved).
Dangerous activity while operating your commercial vehicle.
In addition to the above, the law creates additional offenses that are only relevant to you when you are driving your commercial vehicle. For example, if you negligently cause the death of another motorist when you are driving your commercial vehicle, you could end up losing your CDL.
If you operate a truck or another type of commercial vehicle, it is very important that you obtain quality representation in the event that you are accused of an offense that could cost you your CDL. To a truck driver, the CDL is more than just a license to drive: it is literally the ticket to his or her continued prosperity.
Losing your CDL can mean losing the ability to earn the money you need to put food on the table and provide for your family. That is why it is important to seek out an attorney with experience in navigating the federal and state statutes and regulations.
Here at The Law Offices of Paul M. Namie, LLC, you can rest assured that your case will be treated with the utmost care and concern. Our attorneys have years of legal experience, meaning that we know the ins and outs of the legal system.
You don’t have to go through this alone. You don’t have to try to figure out things like the way to draft a motion, who to serve with what, how to serve things, and whether you have engaged in adequate discovery in order to ensure a fair trial. We are always happy to schedule a time to visit with you about your CDL case. Whether you are a new commercial driver at the beginning of your career, or whether you have decades of driving under your belt, you can rest assured that we will do everything possible to keep you in the driver’s seat.
Of course, as you probably already know, every case is different. So we cannot tell you here exactly how your case will proceed. However, we are happy to sit down with you, listen to the facts of your case, and help you come up with a plan of attack to keep yourself working. We see every client as a person, and you can be certain you will be treated with dignity, respect, and kindness.
Contact A Commercial Driver's License Lawyer For Help
Do you need the help of a criminal defense lawyer? Contact The Law Offices of Paul M. Namie, LLC for help. We offer free consultations and case reviews to evaluate your case. We have years of professional legal experience serving clients in CDL and trucking violations law and other legal matters. Please schedule an appointment by a contacting our law firm - we serve clients throughout Northwest Indiana.