I have a CDL and got a traffic ticket. Can I get supervision?

by Sami Azhari on March 11, 2010

Supervision with CDL

Court supervision is the preferred disposition of a moving violation for almost anyone with a traffic court date. Supervision is not a conviction and thus it does not put points on your license.

Although many traffic court judges advise defendants that after the supervision, the ticket will not be on their driving record, this is not true. The person’s driver’s abstract will always show the supervision unless it is expunged.

Most drivers do not care enough about their driving record to file a petition to expunge a traffic offense, but commercial driver’s license holders may do so from time to time.

Court supervision does not impact a CDL in the same way it does an ordinary driver’s license. If the offense is a serious traffic violation, then court supervision is considered a conviction for purposes of the CDL.

A CDL can be suspended for 2 convictions for serious traffic violations in 3 years. The suspension (also called a disqualification) will last for 60 days. A supervision counts as a conviction for a serious traffic violation.

A serious traffic violation can be any moving violation, generally. It is best to assume any moving violation can jeopardize a CDL. Examples of serious traffic violations include the following:

  • speeding 15 mph over the limit, 625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)
  • improper lane usage, 625 ILCS 5/11-709(a)
  • reckless driving, 625 ILCS 5/11-503(a)(1) and (a)(2)
  • following too close, 625 ILCS 5/11-710(a)

The instructions for pleading guilty on most tickets will say that if you have a CDL, you cannot choose traffic school and a fine. You must appear in court. If this applies to you, you should hire an attorney to protect your CDL.

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