Can I fight CDL speeding tickets in Texas?

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Can I fight CDL speeding tickets in Texas?

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Getting a speeding ticket as a driver holding a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is a serious situation, since even minor infractions can quickly lead to the loss of your license. In the state of Texas, should a driver with a CDL get a speeding ticket, it is possible, as it is in any state to fight the charge, but whether or not you'll succeed is difficult to predict. So, how can you  fight cdl speeding tickets in Texas?

The first thing you should do if you find yourself in this situation is to get a defense lawyer, ideally one familiar with Texas traffic laws. There are a few circumstances under which a speeding ticket can be dismissed from your record, and a skilled, experienced lawyer will know best how to approach these circumstances and see if they can be applied to your situation.

Some common defenses your lawyer will likely consider include:

  • Was the ticket given legally? Any violation of standard procedure during the ticketing process, including the method used to measure your speed, can be used as grounds to dismiss the ticket altogether.
  • Is there a way to minimize the charges? In some cases, the individual in question being willing to attend traffic school and/ or pay fines can lead to a judge who is willing to reduce the charge on the record, or perhaps eliminate it after successful completion of the conditions. This type of defense is particularly a possibility in situations where you have an excellent driving record other than this incident; the judges are more likely to work with you if you have been a law-abiding driver with no issues in the past.
  • Is there a way to contain the damage? If there is no way to avoid the speeding ticket going onto your record as-is, a good lawyer may be able to keep it from badly affecting your driving record and/ or causing you the loss of your CDL.

The bottom line is, you need a lawyer if you hope to be successful at fighting your CDL ticket, and there are some options a lawyer can help you to use. 

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