If you are a commercial driver, ending up in traffic court can be a real pain for several reasons:

1) In most cases, you’re not traffic school eligible. If you’re a commercial driver and you were driving a commercial vehicle, you won’t be traffic school eligible. If you were driving a non-commercial vehicle, you’ll be traffic school eligible (as of January 1, 2012) if the citation was a low grade offense, HOWEVER, traffic school in this instance will only keep the point off of your record. It won’t prevent insurance companies from viewing the conviction and raising your insurance premiums.

2) You can face severe employment consequences. As a commercial driver, getting a traffic ticket conviction in traffic court can have severe consequences on your employment. The consequences vary depending on your particular employer, but if you are convicted of even just one traffic ticket, you can face penalties ranging from discipline to loss of employment. For most people, a traffic ticket is normally a small deal, but for you as a commercial driver, it can turn in to a BIG DEAL very quickly.

3) Your insurance can become prohibitively expensive. If you are self-employed and drive a commercial vehicle, you don’t have an employer to pay your insurance for you. Once your insurance agency discovers you have a moving violation on your DMV record, they can raise your insurance rates. In some instances, your insurance rate may DOUBLE. As discussed above, even if the limited circumstances apply to you in which you may be traffic school eligible, this still won’t prevent insurance companies from viewing the conviction and raising your insurance premiums.

If you’d like to talk to attorney Paul Denni about how a traffic ticket may affect your commercial driver’s license, please feel free to call at 888-250-8450, email at TrafficDefenseHelp@gmail.com, or fill out the Traffic Ticket Contact Form to the left.