Maryland traffic law is much tougher, generally, on CDL holders than on “regular” drivers.
Certain offenses, such as drunk driving, are treated much differently when the accused is operating a CDL-required vehicle. For instance, refusal to take a breath test as requested by a police officer can result in a one year suspension with no “work permit” or opportunity to use an “ignition interlock” (non-CDL holders can start their cars if sober).
Probation before judgment (PBJ) –keeping points off your driving record—may not help protect your CDL. In some cases, a PBJ is just as bad as a conviction. While a PBJ is good if it’s on a minor drunk driving charge, it won’t help you on a serious offense (DUI).
If you need my help or have questions about keeping your CDL, please call Richmond Davis, 410-730-5550.
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