It takes hard work to earn a commercial driver’s license, also known as a CDL. It is helpful to know some of the reasons a person’s CDL could be disqualified in Ohio and what to do if that privilege is removed.
An alcohol and drug violation can result in a CDL disqualification and the consequences can increase depending on whether it is the driver’s first or second offense. A commercial motor vehicle driver who tests positive for alcohol can be taken out of service for 24 hours initially and potentially a lifetime depending on the driver’s blood alcohol level.
A driver who is convicted of operating a vehicle impaired or determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance can face a one-year disqualification for a first offense or a lifetime disqualification for a second offense.
Other significant violations that may result in disqualification are causing a fatality when negligently operating a commercial motor vehicle, failure to stop after an accident or using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony.
Drivers may also be disqualified for texting and driving, following too closely and other willful disregards for safety.
CDL disqualification convictions and appeals
If a person pays a fine and signs a waiver without appearing in court or an applicable agency, it will be reported as a conviction for the violation charged and could result in a CDL disqualification.
That is one of the reasons that if a person is facing a CDL disqualification, he or she may want to contact an experienced attorney who can provide advice before moving forward. An attorney may also be able to assist with CDL disqualification appeals.