Chances are, if you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), that license is the key to your livelihood. Most traffic violations in New York carry a chance of losing your CDL and, therefore, your livelihood. That’s why you should contact an attorney if you’re a CDL holder and you face any kind of traffic charge or ticket.
HOW CAN YOU LOSE YOUR CDL FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION?
New York’s highest court has held that judges have the authority to suspend or revoke any CDL if the operator displays “gross negligence.” The judge can suspend your CDL even if the offense you were charged with couldn’t result in suspension for an ordinary driver’s license. In fact, your CDL can be suspended even if you aren’t ultimately convicted of the offense. Although this doesn’t happen often, it’s not worth risking the loss of your income, so make sure you’re represented by an experienced traffic attorney.
WHAT KINDS OF TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS CAN LEAD TO A CDL SUSPENSION?
New York law allows the suspension of a CDL for any violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. This includes a long list of possible offenses, from running stop signs or leaving the scene of an accident to CDL-specific violations like violations of weight, size, or emissions requirements.
We can look at the specific circumstances of your case and figure out the best defense possible. Exactly how this works depends on the charge. However, for any offense, the prosecutor is required to prove you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If we can find holes in the prosecutor’s case, most prosecutors are willing to negotiate the charge down. That means you don’t have your case heard in front of a judge, which means you don’t risk losing your CDL.
If you’re a CDL holder and you’ve been charged with any kind of traffic offense in New York, contact Rosenblum Law. Our attorneys have a track record of defending CDL cases, and we’ll fight our hardest to get the best possible outcome for you.