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Commercial Driver License (CDL)

A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is not just a typical license. A CDL brings an elevated status and requires more knowledge, skill, and training than the basic driver’s license. At The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden, we know how important your CDL is for your continued employment.

When you take the time and energy to get a CDL, you want to make sure that it is protected and that you do not lose it. But with all licenses, when you violate certain laws or receive certain infractions, your CDL is at risk for suspension.

If you are charged with a DUI, or other major moving criminal charges, or have other moving violations and infractions endangering your CDL, contacting an attorney, one with knowledge about CDL suspensions, is in your best interest. You want a lawyer that understands how crucial having a CDL is to you going about your daily life. It maintains your employment and provides for your family.

The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden brings the knowledge, skill, and expertise necessary to avoid the consequences that can have life changing and lasting effects on an individual’s livelihood. We know how important this license is to you, and we want to help. Contact our office in Lakewood, Washington today. We work with clients throughout Pierce County, answering questions and explaining options about CDL suspensions and probation.

CDL Requirements in Washington

Not all vehicles require a driver to get a commercial driver license to operate it. Vehicles require a CDL depending on the weight, function, and purpose. If you are operating one of the following you need a CDL:

  • School buses
  • Vehicle for 16+ people (church buses, private buses, etc.)
  • Vehicles that contains hazardous or toxic material
  • 10,001+ pound trailers
  • 26,001+ pound single vehicles

What are examples of common CDL cases in Washington?

  • Over weight tickets
  • Log book violations
  • Failing to yield at railroad tracks
  • Equipment violations
  • All moving and non-moving violations

Serious CDL Offenses

In addition to commercial driving infractions, which can suspend a commercial driver license, CDL holders whom are found to have committed a serious driving offense are suspect to CDL suspension. Serious driving offenses include:

  • Speeding 15 MPH over the speed limit
  • Reckless driving
  • Any traffic violation, other than parking violations, that result in a fatal accident or collision
  • Driving a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver license or without the proper endorsement
  • Negligent driving
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to stop
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Improper lane change or travel
  • Improper overtaking on the right or left
  • Improper driving to the left of center of the roadway
  • Texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle
  • Using a cell phone while driving a commercial motor vehicle

Two or more committed findings on any of the above listed offenses within a 3 year period will result in a disqualification of the holders CDL. Unfortunately, these offenses count whether the holder receives the infraction in his commercial vehicle or non-commercial vehicle. A second offense in a three year period results in a 60 day suspension. A third offense results in a 120 day suspension.

If you receive a conviction for a DUI or lose you administrative hearing your CDL will be disqualified for 1 year.

Don’t leave your job, family, and commercial driver license to chance. Today is the day to take care of the charges affecting your CDL.

Please contact us immediately and do not leave your livelihood to chance.