Tennessee CDL Attorneys

Stephens Law, PLC is your first line of defense when your CDL is on the line.

If you have been ticketed for a traffic violation or charged with a traffic-related crime, it is especially important that you speak with an experienced Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Attorney because your livelihood is likely tied to your commercial driver’s license.  Our Tennessee CDL Attorneys understand the importance of protecting your driving record and will work diligently with you to prepare the best possible defense.  Whether you have been ticketed for speeding or charged with driving under the influence, Stephens Law, PLC is equipped to assist you.

The point system in Tennessee is different for those operating a commercial vehicle.  Below is a list various traffic violations and the corresponding point values as it relates to your CDL.

MOVING TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS (COMMERCIAL VEHICLES)
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, speed not indicated 4
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 1 through 5 mph in excess of posted speed zone 2
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 6 through 14 mph in excess of
posted speed zone
4
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 15 through 25 mph in
excess of posted speed zone
5
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 26 through 35 mph in
excess of posted speed zone
6
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 36 and above mph in
excess of posted speed zone
7
Speed less than posted minimum in a commercial vehicle 4
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, speed not indicated in
construction speed zone
5
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 1 through 5 mph in excess of
posted construction speed zone
3
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 6 through 14 mph in excess of
posted construction speed zone
5
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 15 through 25 mph in excess of posted construction speed zone 5
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 26 through 35 mph in
excess of posted construction speed zone
6
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 36 and above mph in
excess of posted construction speed zone
7
Reckless Driving 6
Careless or negligent driving 4
Improper passing 4
Improper or erratic lane change 5
Following improperly 4
Failure to obey traffic instruction 4
Wrong way, side or direction 3
Passing stopped school, church, or youth bus taking on or
discharging passengers
8
Following emergency vehicle unlawfully 3
Operating improperly due to drowsiness 5
Miscellaneous traffic violations 3
Failure to yield to emergency vehicles 6
Violation of truck lane restriction 3
Driving a commercial vehicle without obtaining a commercial driver license 8
Driving a commercial vehicle without a current commercial driver
license on person
3
Driving commercial vehicle without proper endorsement or class of commercial vehicle 6
Conviction driving while disqualified or while canceled 8
CONSTRUCTION ZONE/HAULING HAZARDOUS
MATERIALS (COMMERCIAL VEHICLES)
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, speed not indicated 5
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 1 through 5 mph in excess of
posted speed zone
3
Speeding in a commercial vehicle, 6 through 14 mph in excess of
posted speed zone
5
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 15 through 25 mph in
excess of posted speed zone
5
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 26 through 35 mph in
excess of posted speed zone
6
Excessive speeding in a commercial vehicle, 36 and above mph in
excess of posted speed zone
7
Speed less than posted minimum in a commercial vehicle 5
Reckless driving 8
Improper passing 5
Improper or erratic lane change 6
Following improperly 5
Careless or negligent driving 6
Failure to obey traffic instructions 5
Wrong way, side or direction 5
Failure to yield right of way 5
Making improper turn 5
Failure to signal direction 4
Passing stopped school, church, or youth bus taking on or
discharging passengers
8
Following emergency vehicle unlawfully 3
Conviction of driving while disqualified 8
Miscellaneous traffic violations 4

Often the website for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will provide answers to your questions. Be aware that in order to protect your rights, some questions may not be appropriate to discuss with the Department without first speaking with an attorney. The Department’s website is located at https://www.tn.gov/safety.html

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