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Commercial drivers can protect their CDL by contesting traffic tickets

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2023 | Traffic Violations

Getting a traffic ticket may seem like no big deal. That’s why many drivers are likely to simply pay the fine rather than contest the citation. However, traffic violations can be more consequential than one might assume, especially for commercial drivers. This post includes some important considerations for anyone who drives for a living.

A basic overview of Indiana’s driver’s license point system

A single moving violation in Indiana will add at least two points to your record and as many as 10 points. Some of these are seemingly minor offenses that even careful drivers might commit, including:

  • Driving up to 15 mph above the speed limit (2 points)
  • Driving with non-functioning brake lights or without headlights (2 points)
  • Making an illegal U-turn (4 points)
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign (6 points)
  • Tailgating another driver (6 points)

While a conviction for a moving violation will stay on your criminal record permanently, it stays on your driving record for two years. Any driver may be subject to suspension of their license if they accumulate 18 points or more in a two-year period.

Commercial drivers face higher standards and harsher consequences

Anyone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is subject to the same rules as those mentioned above, but the standards are higher. When it comes to certain offenses, having just one conviction can result in suspension of your CDL for a year. A second qualifying conviction could mean lifetime revocation.

Even if you are cited for lesser violations, your driving record may be tarnished, raising your insurance rates and possibly risking your job. While paying a ticket may initially seem to come with less cost and less hassle than hiring a traffic ticket defense attorney, it’s important to consider the longer-term consequences of uncontested traffic violations. In many cases, working with an experienced attorney is a much wiser investment.