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SKA Law is a premier, Philadelphia criminal defense law firm, founded by professional criminal attorneys. We take on cases other law firms turn down, because we know how to fight – and when to negotiate. Our goal is to get you the best outcome possible. No fluff. No nonsense. Our focus is results.
SKA Law takes on fewer clients than other firms – it’s because we believe that taking on fewer clients means we can provide more service, and better results.
Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice. Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys have been recognized by the top lawyer ranking services.
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We take on fewer clients than other firms. Each client works 1:1 on with one of our senior attorneys.
No matter how much training or experience someone has, mistakes or accidents can still happen.
Mistakes or accidents could seriously derail a person who drives for a living. It can seriously affect the availability of opportunities among many other things.
It is clear that those who drive for a living do not have many other choices but to fight to keep their driving record as clean as possible. Professional drivers should see the value in investing in their driving record as an investment in their overall security and career.
Understanding how fragile your driving record is could help you see why hiring a defense attorney after an incident is vital.
It is especially important to make sure this defense attorney has experience defending individuals who have a CDL. Part of the reason you want to hire an experienced lawyer is because this individual will know that the goal is to have the charges dismissed or at least significantly reduced.
The lawyer will understand how important it is for you to make sure you save money on any fines related to this case and why it is vital for you to figure out a way to keep insurance costs after the case. Your lawyer will be with you and know that your livelihood is at stake and will treat this case appropriately.
CDL Upheld to Tougher Rules
It is true that things are a little harder if you have a CDL because you are simply upheld to stricter guidelines.
Traffic violations can really hurt your driving record and add the points that could end up costing you future jobs or higher insurance costs. As a professional driver, we know that those few lost jobs could put you in a bind, and we know that additional insurance costs could cut deep.
Remember that it takes less points for you to lose your CDL license than a regular driver to lose his or her driver’s license. That means you do not want any points to be added or at least you want the minimum, and that is what a good defense lawyer will fight for.
It is important that all CDL drivers understand they only have 30 days to report the traffic violation to employers for Pennsylvania. If the violation happened outside state lines, then you have only 30 days to report the incident with PennDOT.
Dealing with Penalties
There may be penalties that CDL drivers could face. PennDOT can suspend CDL drivers for a year for some of the following reasons if this is your first offence:
Remember, having a second offense means your CDL is completely taken away. If you commit any of the aforementioned violations while carrying something dangerous or something considered hazardous, then your license is revoked for three years, even if this is your first time doing something wrong.
Committing a felony while using your CMV or using it under the influence could also mean you’ll lose your license for life.
Those who commit two offences within three years will probably end up losing their license for 60 days. A person who commits three violations in three years will lose his or her license for 120 days.
Out of State Incident
Losing your license in one state doesn’t mean other states won’t know about it. The information is shared through the National Driving Register database. Even if your employer doesn’t check the database, the employer might receive the notification through the Driver License Compact. This compact dictates that losing your license in one state also means you’ll lose it in another.
The Lawyer in Your Corner
Having a lawyer that understands is vital when it comes to fighting off violations. An experience lawyer will help fight evidence against you and figure out the best strategy to keep you driving.