How does a speeding ticket impact your CDL license in California?

Posted on November 2, 2021 by John

If driving for a living is your source of income, you should know that speeding tickets can seriously affect your driving privileges and livelihood. If a driver receives a speeding ticket and later loses their normal driving privileges, their CDL privileges will be affected as well. In other words, the loss of your car driving privileges could result in the loss or suspension of your CDL privileges.

How long will the suspension last?

In California, you could lose your CDL driving privileges for months, a year, or even for life, depending on the severity of the violation. The impact on your livelihood would be devastating.

Terms of CDL License Revocation

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 mph or more in a CMV is categorized as a serious violation in California and may lead to license suspension.
  • There is no CDL suspension for the first serious traffic violation.
  • A second violation within three years following the first will result in a minimum 60-day CDL revocation.
  • A third serious violation within the three years increases the revocation to at least 120 days.

Penalties: Private Vehicle License v Commercial Vehicle License

  • Serious private or commercial speeding violations are considered priors for CDL’s.
  • Convictions can be visible to employers for more than 3 years.
  • Commercial drivers for any speeding tickets cannot qualify for driving school to avoid points and other legal repercussions.

Why hire an attorney?

The loss of a CDL can have a lasting impact on your ability to earn a living. The last thing you want is to go to court unprepared. You’ll want legal representation that can guide you through the process and give you the best possible result. Attorney David Leicht, a former law enforcement officer, knows the ins and outs of the system and can protect your livelihood.

If you are a resident of Barstow, San Bernardino County, or Mojave, and are fighting to retain your CDL privileges, call David Leicht, Esq now @ 760-256-3104 for a free case evaluation.

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