If you hold a CDL license in Florida you need to protect it. Your job and lifestyle likely depend on your CDL. Unfortunately, it is very easy to lose a Commercial Driver’s License. CDL drivers are held to a higher standard, no matter what they’re driving. That means, a CDL holder can receive tickets, fines, and penalties against their CDL, even if they aren’t driving their truck or on the job at the time.

The best way to avoid becoming a CDL offender is to practice safe and responsible driving habits at all times, even in your personal vehicle. Consult the lists below to see which driving offenses can cost you the most in Florida.

Avoid These Criminal Offenses

CDL drives who are ticketed for any of the following can expect to lose their licenses, pay heavy fines, and possibly spend some time in jail. Everything in this list is considered a criminal offense.

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
  • Refusing a breathalyzer test
  • Causing a fatality due to reckless driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Distributing or dispensing controlled substances in a vehicle

Avoid These Civil Offenses

Civil violations are less serious, but no less detrimental to your driving record and insurance rates. Secure any one of these offenses and you’ll see heavy fines, a possible suspension of your CDL, points added to your license, higher insurance rates, and possibly jail time or probation.

  • Improper passing or lane changes
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding 15 mph or more above the speed limit
  • Driving a commercial vehicle without the CDL in your possession
  • Driving a rig without the appropriate endorsement
  • Violation of traffic signs and signals

Protect Your CDL Status With Help From Orlando’s Traffic Law Attorneys At Skubiak & Rivas, P.A.

If you’ve been cited for any traffic violation, contact the CDL attorneys at Skubiak & Rivas. You always have the option of fighting the charge if you think it is unjust or you can prove your innocence or apply for a reduced charge if you feel the charge is unfair or inaccurate.

Keep your record clean and your CDL safe. Contact our Orlando attorneys at 407-894-4449 for a free consultation.