There are real world implications for those holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) who receive traffic tickets. For CDL holders, receiving two or more “serious traffic” violations in a three year period while operating their commercial motor vehicle could entail disqualification from operating their commercial motor vehicle. These “serious traffic violations” can include excessive speed, reckless driving, erratic lane changes, or following the vehicle ahead of you too closely. Serious traffic violations are less serious than “major offenses,” which include driving while impaired, leaving the scene of an accident, or causing a fatality through negligent operation. Convictions of “major offenses” for CDL holders usually carries at least a one-year disqualification, while subsequent convictions can carry lifetime disqualifications.
If trying to negotiate a resolution, many prosecutors will say their hands are tied because of a “masking statute,” Minn. Stat. § 171.163, that prohibits masking, deferring imposition of judgment, or allowing diversion that would prevent a conviction for a traffic offense from appearing on a CDL holder’s driving record. However, good defense counsel can find ways to work with prosecutors that abide by the masking statute.
If you have a CDL and have questions about a traffic ticket, contact us now at 763.421.6366 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.