What many fail to realize about misdemeanor trucker violations is how easy
it is to get one, in some instances. Imagine being subject to arrest,
huge fines, employment termination, and even jail time for forgetting
to bring your briefcase to work. But, that’s the way it is for truckers
and some other commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. OK, what if you
grabbed an old briefcase?
That’s right, it is a misdemeanor trucker violation for not carrying
a log book or carrying an out-of-date log book. You can almost understand
a criminal offense for the driver who falsifies the log book so they can
drive longer. That makes it more hazardous to other drivers and property
along the route they are driving.
Falsifying a log book is a deliberate attempt to make it look like you
took a break you didn’t take, didn’t drive as many hours as
drove, or slept, when in fact, you have been at the wheel for 18 or 20
hours straight with nothing holding your eyes open but caffeine and the
blaring radio. This type of cooking the books is understandably illegal
because of the potential harm involved when the driver of an 80,000-pound
vehicle falls asleep behind the wheel. However, forgetting to log a 30-minute
nap you took in the sleeper, should not lead to a criminal record.
Other Misdemeanor Trucker Violations
Misdemeanor drug or alcohol charges for drivers are about as taboo as it
gets for someone who is trying to get a commercial driver’s license
(CDL), better consider another occupation, or someone who already has
one might need to start retraining. If you don’t have a CDL yet,
a conviction could leave you in limbo for many years before a company
will even give you a chance. Additionally, a conviction while you have
a CDL could mean termination and many years before someone else will hire you.
There is a long list of other misdemeanor trucker violations that can cost
thousands of dollars in fines, increased insurance premiums, and points
against your license, such as:
· Improper endorsements or a lack of endorsement for the vehicle
you are operating
· Failing to halt and submit your vehicle for inspection when required
· Driving without a license
· Driving with a revoked or suspended license
· Refusing to present your license
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Do not make the mistake of not hiring a local attorney to fight a misdemeanor
violation because just like forgetting to bring your log book, LEOs make
mistakes too. These are criminal offenses, which you should not take lightly
and a local lawyer knows what will work with the judge and what will not.
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