Overweight Commercial Driver's License Ticket Lawyer in Aurora
What are Overweight Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Violations?
Illinois laws prohibiting overweight commercial vehicles are designed to protect Illinois roadways. Heavier loads, over time, will cause more damage to roadways and can cost the state millions of dollars in repairs. Overweight ticket violations can lead to very large fines and or a suspension of your commercial driver’s license (CDL). If you have a CDL, driving is your livelihood and you need to do everything in your power to protect your ability to drive legally. Overweight tickets in Illinois are issued at either truck weighing stations or by portable scales carried by local police departments. Fines in overweight trucking matters are determined by the amount the overweight vehicle exceeded the statutory weight.
A serious traffic violation encompasses most of the typical "moving violations" that would apply to regular licensed drivers.
Examples of serious traffic violations include:
- Speeding over 14 mph over the limit
- Failure to obey traffic control device
- Following too closely
- Leaving the scene of an accident
Penalties for CDL Traffic Tickets in Illinois
There are a wide variety of mandatory minimum and maximum fines for various traffic violations. Fines for petty traffic offenses can be as high as $1,000.00, while fines for misdemeanor offense are up to $2,500.00. In addition to fines and court costs, dispositions for most traffic violations may trigger a mandatory suspension of your CDL.
Illinois CDL holders can also be given traffic citations for the following:
- Improperly flagging an overwide load
- Trucks that are grossly overweight per the carried permit
- Driving a commercial vehicle on a prohibited roadway
- Trucks that are overweight on one or more axles
- A truck that is over the weight limit for a certain stretch of road
If you receive two serious traffic violations in a three-year period, your CDL may be suspended for a period of two months. If you receive three serious traffic violations within three years, your license can be suspended for a period of at least four months. You may also face mandatory public service, driver safety courses, probation, and a term of up to one year in county jail for misdemeanor traffic violations.
How Our Firm Can Help
Overweight traffic tickets can threaten your livelihood if you are a CDL holder. Your job depends on your ability to drive. Losing your CDL jeopardizes not only yourself, but those that depend on you as well. As an overweight ticket defense lawyer, Aurora Criminal Defense Attorney David Lee may be able to substantially reduce or eliminate the fines and cost for these types of violations. With nearly ten years of experience in this particularly complex type of litigation, and as a former traffic prosecutor, David is well equipped to assist you throughout the process. He will fight to help you avoid costly penalties and/or the suspension of your CDL.
David has successfully represented truck drivers and delivery drivers with overweight traffic tickets, helping them keep their commercial driver’s licenses. If you have been charged with an overweight traffic violation, contact our firm today for advice on your legal options. We understand the importance of a valid commercial driver's license and can use our knowledge and experience to fight for the best possible results in your unique situation.
Need assistance with an overweight commercial driver’s license ticket in Aurora or nearby? Contact The Law Offices of David Lee at (630) 901-8700 for a free phone consultation today.