Are you a CDL driver who has been charged with a texting violation?
When you are a CDL driver, any mistake you make on the road becomes becomes a serious problem. For a normal driver, a texting or handheld device violation is straightforward – you pay a fine and attend some classes. For a CDL driver, a texting violation may end up in you getting suspended and losing your job.
Using a handheld mobile phone is a serious traffic offense (STO) in Pennsylvania. Depending on your driving history, this may result in a suspension of your CDL. Imagine having to tell your company that you can’t drive for 2 months. Do you think they will sit around and wait for you or hire someone else?
This is why you need to take this texting violation very seriously and get professional legal help. 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 Reckless Driving in a Construction Zone – Charged Reduced
A CDL driver was facing reckless driving for speeding in a construction zone which is a serious traffic offense. The CDL driver saved his job when the charge was reduced to a violation of Obedience to Traffic Control Signals.
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 serious traffic offense (STO)?
The following chart lists the violations that are defined as serious traffic offenses. If you are convicted of any 2 of these serious traffic offenses within a 3 year period, you will be disqualified from driving a CMV for 60 days. If you are convicted of 3 or more serious traffic offenses within a 3 year period, you will be disqualified from driving a CMV for 120 days. Most of these violations must occur in a CMV to count as a STO. However, there are some exceptions as noted below.
Serious Traffic Offense
|Federal Description||PA Code Section||Vehicle Type|
|Exceeding maximum speed limit 15 mph or more||3362, 3365(b)||CMV Personal vehicle (only if the violation occurred in a work zone or school)|
|Driving recklessly, as defined by state or local law.||3736||CMV or Personal vehicle|
|Making improper or erratic traffic lane changes.||3304, 3305, 3306(a)(1), 3306(a)(2), 3306(a)(3), 3307, 3309(1), 3309(2), 3309(4)||CMV|
|Following the vehicle ahead too closely.||3310||CMV|
|Duty of driver in construction and maintenance areas or on highway safety corridors. (This violation is an STO under PA law)||3326||CMV|
|Violating state or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control arising in connection with a fatal accident.||3714(b), All other moving violations||CMV or personal vehicle, CMV only|
|Driving a CMV without obtaining a CDL. driving a CMV without a valid CDL in the driver’s possession, driving a CMV without the proper class and/or endorsements.||1606(a)(1), 1606(a)(2), 1606(a)(3), 1501(a)||CMV|
|Texting while driving a CMV.||1621||CMV|
|Use of a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a CMV.||1622||CMV|
If you are facing a serious charge, don’t delay. Call now to set up your free consultation at412-471-5000