What Counts as a Major Violation for CDL Revocation?

By September 4, 2015Thomas Law Firm


When a Colorado commercial truck driver commits a violation of FMCSA statutes, there is a chance for that driver to lose his or her CDL on a temporary or permanent basis. Violations are ranked differently depending on the severity of the offense. With this in mind, here is a list of “major violations,” which carry a minimum punishment of one year of CDL disqualification (OR three years if hazardous materials are involved.)

  • Driving a commercial truck while under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving a commercial truck while under the influence of any controlled substance
  • Driving a commercial truck with a blood alcohol concentration of .04 or greater
  • Refusal to consent to an alcohol test
  • Fleeing the scene of an accident
  • Operating a CMV under a revoked, suspended or canceled license, or when the driver has been disqualified
  • Causing a fatality, whether the charge is vehicular manslaughter, vehicular homicide or negligent homicide

There is an absolute way of receiving a lifelong ban on a CDL. Any time a CDL-certified driver uses a vehicle in the commission of a felony involving the manufacture, distribution or dispensing of a controlled substance will result in a lifetime disqualification for a CDL with zero opportunity for reinstatement.

Because a CDL revocation could result in lifelong repercussions to a person’s livelihood, including but not limited to the potential for lost wages, a ruined career, potential jail time and exorbitant fines, if you have been charged with a major violation of FMCSA code such as drunk driving, you should contact a skilled Denver DUI lawyer.

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