In many ways, the California economy still runs on trucks.

There are an estimated 350,000 trucks in the state, according to the California Trucking Association, each able to move goods back and forth when a driver is behind the wheel. Of course, these vehicles also provide truckers the opportunity to make a living.

To do so, you need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) – an item that can be lost far more easily than it may be gained.

One offense can mean a long suspension

California has a long list of requirements to which commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must adhere. According to state regulations, a CMV driver can lose their CDL for a year or more for just one single violation. This can include:

  • Driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04 or above
  • Driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
  • Refusing a blood alcohol test
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Committing a felony while using the commercial motor vehicle
  • Driving a commercial vehicle while your license is suspended or revoked

In addition, a second offense would mean a lifetime CDL ban.

Your livelihood is at stake

California takes its CDL regulations quite seriously. One misstep could mean you’re unable to make a living for the next 12 months. A second could mean a potential career switch. For most truck drivers, this is an untenable situation, one that puts their entire livelihood at risk.

Fortunately, there may be ways to fight back. Any commercial truck driver facing a potential CDL suspension should consider speaking with an attorney. They can help you explore possible options for holding on to your professional license and getting back on the road as quickly as possible.