Commercial Driving Licenses and CDL Tickets in New York

We help commercial drivers fight traffic tickets.

Carrying a CDL is more than having commercial driving privileges. Your commercial driver’s license is the key to your work, so it can be especially frustrating when you receive a traffic ticket.

The team at Katz Lawyers understands the importance of protecting your driving privileges as a CDL holder. That’s why we work with commercial drivers in New York to help them better understand their rights and fight traffic tickets.

We are available 24/7 to answer your call. Reach us at (212) 209-0869 to schedule a free initial consultation.

How Does New York Define Commercial Vehicles?

The state of New York requires drivers to carry a CDL for the following vehicles.

  • Vehicles carrying hazardous material
  • Single vehicles weighing over 26,001 pounds
  • Trailers weighing over 26,001 pounds
  • Vehicles made to carry 16 or more passengers, such as a bus

How Can You Get Your CDL Suspended?

Getting your CDL suspended is much more severe than a regular driver’s license suspension.

It is illegal to have more than one driver’s license, meaning drivers who earn a CDL must surrender their original driver’s license. Failure to do so will result in possible jail time and a $5,000 fine.

A suspended CDL affects more than your driving record. It can impact your job and lead to a potential criminal record.

Committing too many moving violations will result in a CDL suspension. These violations include:

  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (as well as refusing a breathalyzer test)
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Unsafe lane change
  • Driving a commercial vehicle without the proper CDL
  • Failing to yield
  • Running a stop sign or stoplight
  • Illegally using an electronic device while driving

CDL suspension is a temporary hold on your license, and the length of time for the hold will depend on the severity of your convictions. For example, commercial drivers who commit two severe traffic violations within three years will lose their CDL for 60 days.

How Can You Fight CDL Traffic Tickets?

There are two options when you receive a traffic violation: You can pay your ticket, or you can fight it. When you pay the ticket, you plead guilty to the violation and may be at risk of other consequences.

Hiring an attorney to help you fight traffic tickets can help you protect your driving privileges and better understand your rights as a commercial driver in New York.

When your CDL gets revoked by the court, reinstatement is possible but not always easy. Often, restoring your commercial driving privileges requires negotiations with the court – that’s where your experienced Katz lawyer comes in.

Katz Lawyers in New York are here to help CDL holders understand their rights and fight traffic tickets.

When you need help protecting your job and driving privileges, let Katz Lawyers in New York help you navigate the state’s traffic laws.

 Call us today at (212) 209-0869 so we can review your case and help you fight CDL traffic tickets.

Contact Katz Lawyers at (212) 747-0606 to schedule a free consultation.


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