Commercial Drivers and Moving Violations in Florida
June 16, 2023
In Florida, moving violations can have severe consequences for commercial drivers, jeopardizing their livelihoods and driving records. This blog post explores the implications of moving violations for commercial drivers in Florida and highlights the ways in which an attorney can offer assistance.
Understanding Moving Violations in Florida:
Florida's traffic laws apply to all drivers, including commercial drivers. Moving violations are offenses committed while a vehicle is in motion, such as speeding, running red lights, improper lane changes, and texting while driving. When commercial drivers commit moving violations, they face additional consequences due to the nature of their profession.
Impact on Commercial Drivers:
a) Driver's License Points: Moving violations can lead to the accumulation of points on a driver's license. For commercial drivers, who operate under a stricter point system, this can be especially problematic. Accumulating too many points can result in a suspended or revoked commercial driver's license (CDL).
b) Job Security: Moving violations can also affect a commercial driver's employment prospects. Employers may be reluctant to hire drivers with a history of moving violations, as they may be deemed higher risks. Existing employers may also take disciplinary action or terminate drivers who accumulate too many violations.
c) Insurance Premiums: Commercial drivers often face higher insurance premiums compared to non-commercial drivers. Moving violations can further increase these premiums, putting additional financial strain on the driver.
How an Attorney Can Help Commercial Drivers:
a) Legal Expertise: An attorney experienced in traffic laws and commercial driving regulations can provide invaluable guidance. They possess a deep understanding of the legal nuances and can effectively navigate the complexities of the legal system on behalf of their clients.
b) Case Evaluation: When faced with a moving violation charge, an attorney can evaluate the case's merits and potential defenses. They will review the evidence, examine the circumstances surrounding the violation, and identify any possible weaknesses in the prosecution's case.
c) Negotiation and Plea Bargaining: Attorneys can negotiate with prosecutors to secure reduced charges or penalties. Plea bargaining may allow a commercial driver to avoid or minimize the consequences of a moving violation. This could include reducing the number of points on their license, avoiding suspension, or mitigating fines.
d) Court Representation: If the case goes to court, an attorney will provide skilled representation. They can present a strong defense, cross-examine witnesses, and challenge the evidence against the driver. Their expertise can significantly improve the chances of a favorable outcome.
e) License Restoration: If a commercial driver's license has been suspended or revoked due to moving violations, an attorney can assist in the process of license restoration. They can navigate the necessary steps, paperwork, and hearings required to reinstate the license.
Commercial drivers in Florida face unique challenges when dealing with moving violations. The consequences of these violations can be far-reaching, impacting their driving records, job security, and financial stability. Engaging the services provided by the Law Office of Juan C. Calama can provide commercial drivers with the expert guidance needed to navigate these legal complexities. From case evaluation and negotiation to court representation and license restoration, the Law Office of Juan C. Calama can be an invaluable ally in protecting a commercial driver's rights and preserving their livelihood.
Remember, this blog post is intended to provide general information and should not be construed as legal advice. Consult with a criminal defense attorney to obtain personalized guidance tailored to your specific situation.