Are you a CDL driver who is charged with a felony?
Using a vehicle to commit a felony, is a major offense which mean your CDL will be suspended for at least a year. Here are some things to take into account:
- It doesn’t matter if the offense occurred in your personal vehicle. Using a vehicle to commit a felony will still result in a license suspension if you are convicted.
- If this is your first major offense, the license suspension is 1 year.
- If this occurred in a HAZMAT vehicle, your CDL will be suspended for 3 years.
- If you have a previous major violation, you are facing a lifetime disqualification.
- If the vehicle was used in the commission of a felony involving a controlled substance, you are facing a lifetime disqualification even it is a first offense.
If your license gets suspended, is your company going to sit around and wait for you or will they go hire someone else? Even after your suspension is over, the major offense stays on your permanent driving history. Do you think companies really want to hire drivers with major offenses on their history?
This is why you need to take these charges very seriously and get professional legal help. Not only are you looking at possible jail time for the felony, you are also looking at completely losing your career as a truck driver. Attorney Mike Sherman has been helping truck drivers for years and has successfully helped many of them reduce their fines, reduce their charges, and keep them on road.
Here are some results from real cases of clients who chose Attorney Mike Sherman:
CDL DUI Breath Test Trial – All Charges Dropped
Our client held a commercial driver’s license (CDL). He was a first offender with no criminal record. If he entered into the first offender program, he would suffer a disqualification of his CDL – it would be lost for one year. A CDL driver with a DUI will have a very difficult time getting employment in the future. We hired a forensic breath testing expert. The expert reviewed our client’s medical history, the circumstances surrounding the case, and the breath test records. Our expert concluded that the breath test result was unreliable. After reviewing the report, the prosecution dropped all of the DUI charges.
CDL Accident Charges – Successfully Appealed 1 Year License Suspension
A CDL driver was charged with accidents involving damage to unattended property when he hit a guardrail when turning around. Another lawyer advised the CDL driver to pay the fine and forget about it. After he paid the fine, the CDL driver received notice that his CDL was being disqualified for 1 year. We filed an appeal. After restitution was paid for the damage, the charge was dropped.
Right now, the best thing you can do is call Attorney Sherman at 412-204-4138 and take advantage of his free consultation. Remember, CDL drivers who can’t afford to lose their license hire Mike Sherman
Get Detailed Information on How These Charges Affect Your CDL
For CDL drivers, getting the right information is important. That is why we have put together a CDL Violations Guide to help you understand the charges against you. Just click below to read our guide now.
What is a disqualification?
A disqualification is the temporary or permanent withdrawal of a person’s privilege to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
|Federal Description||PA Code Section||Vehicle Type||Length of Disqualification for First Offense|
|Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance.||3731(i), 3802||CMV or Personal vehicle||1 Year – 3 Years with Hazmat|
|Refusing to submit to chemical testing.||1613, 1547||CMV or Personal vehicle||1 Year – 3 Years with Hazmat|
|Leaving the scene of an accident.||3743, 3745||CMV or Personal vehicle||1 Year – 3 Years with Hazmat|
|Using a vehicle to commit felony.||Various Crimes Code Offenses||CMV or Personal vehicle||1 Year – 3 Years with Hazmat|
|Using a vehicle in the commission of a felony Involving manufacturing, distributing or dispensing a controlled substance.||13a10, 13a14, 13a19, 13a30, 13a36||CMV or Personal vehicle||Lifetime|
|Driving a CMV while the driver’s CDL is revoked, suspended. cancelled or disqualified.||1606 (c) (1), 1543 (a) (b)||CMV Only||1 Year – 3 Years with Hazmat|
|Causing a fatality through the negligent operation of a CMV.||3742, 3735, 2503, 2504||CMV Only||1 Year – 3 Years with Hazmat|
If you are facing a serious charge, don’t delay. Call now to set up your free consultation at412-471-5000