Commercial Driving License Defense
Getting pulled over by law enforcement for a traffic offense or having a collision is frightening and frustrating for anyone. However, when you are the professional driver of an 18 wheeler, semi-truck, or other large commercial truck, it is much worse. The stakes are high when you depend on your commercial driver’s license (CDL) for your livelihood. It is highly risky to go to court without a skilled Florida commercial driving license defense attorney experienced in traffic violations. Drivers thinking they are doing the right thing for the Court, make disastrous decisions for themselves. Additionally, a conviction of a criminal traffic violation will place your CDL in jeopardy. The firm successfully defends drivers and truck owners against all types of traffic violations. We are dedicated to preserving our clients’ licenses and futures.
A few of the moving and non-moving violations that we defend include, but not limited to:
- Following too close
- Careless or reckless driving
- Unsecured load
- Illegal lane changes
- Occupying the wrong lane
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Improper transport of hazardous materials
- Alcohol and drug-related offenses
- Repeat traffic infractions
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving with a suspended license
- Causing a traffic crash
Commercial Drivers are held to more Rigid Standards of Conduct on the Roadways
Due to the potential for severe damage by a large truck, CDL drivers are expected to drive with greater caution. Those with a CDL license must obey state and federal regulations for driving their vehicle. As a CDL holder, if cited for a traffic violation, you don’t have the option to elect traffic school, like a regular driver. Choosing to pay for the ticket is an admission of guilt. The outcome of that scenario is that the traffic court will automatically add points to your driving record. That could cost employment. The other option is to seek legal counsel to represent you in court and defend the charges. They face enhanced penalties well beyond the courthouse and driver record as opposed to non-CDL drivers. Depending on the violation, a driver might face suspension and there is no version of a CDL hardship during the term of suspension.
Therefore, it is in a driver’s best interest to seek legal counsel to preserve their license, defend traffic tickets and avoid criminal consequences. In addition, a commercial driver that commits traffic violations while operating their personal vehicle may also face disqualification of their CDL.
The Firm represents commercial drivers throughout Florida. Our firm will do everything possible to work toward protecting your license, and your job, including:
- Working toward dismissal of the charges
- Working to keep points off your record
- Negotiating to minimize the damage or change the charge
- Pursuing litigation to fight for your rights
We handle Criminal and Non-Criminal Violations
The legal team at Alba & Straile PLLC has the negotiation and trial experience necessary to fight our clients’ citations in a court of law. Our services extend to drivers and corporate entities in the trucking industry. We protect our clients’ rights cost-effectively. Our attorneys work diligently to build a defense for a dismissal of charges or negotiate a favorable plea agreement to minimize the impact on a CDL license. With the proper legal representation, the outcome of a court case can be more in the driver’s favor.
We have over Three Decades of Combined Experience
Alba & Straile PLLC is focused on client results. We are committed to providing our clients with compassion, attention to detail, and ease of attorney flexibility. We offer sound legal representation to address all of a drivers traffic, civil and criminal legal needs effectively. We represent clients throughout Florida. A flexible appointment schedule is maintained, and free strategy sessions are available in all criminal and traffic matters. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Click or call (352) 371-9141 to hire a lawyer today.