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Are you facing commercial driver license disqualification?

Perhaps you drive a big rig for a living and receive a ticket for a traffic offense. It is the only ticket you have ever had.

Now you face commercial driver license disqualification. How do you appeal?

Traffic stops

The state of Ohio wants only safe drivers on its roads, so if a law enforcement officer pulls you over, he or she could charge you with any number of traffic violations:

  •         Using a handheld mobile phone
  •         Texting while driving
  •         Driving 15 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit
  •         Following too closely
  •         Committing a marked lane violation
  •         Driving with a willful disregard for safety

You could be facing another charge if, after the officer stops you, you cannot produce your commercial driver license.

First-offense penalties

If you have any two or three of these traffic violations within a three-year period, you will not qualify to operate a commercial motor vehicle for a period of 60 days. If you believe you are not guilty of the charge, you may write a request for an administrative hearing.

Making your appeal

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will mail you a Notice of Disqualification. If you wish to appeal, you must submit your request for an administrative hearing to the BMV in Columbus, OH, within 30 days of the date the Bureau mailed the notice to you. The BMV will postpone the disqualification until there is a decision in your case. An examiner will issue a Report and Recommendation after the hearing, and if you do not agree with this decision, you will have 10 days to file an objection after which the BMV will present a final order.

Looking forward

Something as seemingly innocuous as a ticket for following too closely could immediately disrupt your future. To begin with, you will have to tell your employer about your commercial driver license disqualification. However, when you explore your options, you will find that there are ways to challenge a charge that could rob you of your livelihood and seriously affect your future.

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