Crimes and Your Commercial Driver License (CDL)

September 02, 2014

By Keffer Hirschauer LLP

For many people, their driver license is a key part of their career and livelihood. This could not be more so than for commercial vehicle drivers. Individuals with commercial driver licenses, or CDL’s, operate in highly regulated industry where even a single criminal offense can permanently effect their career.

Traditionally, criminal offenses that disqualify an operator from retaining their CDL require the CDL operator to use a vehicle in a way prohibited by law. This can include the unlawful use of the CDL operator’s personal, non-commercial motor vehicle. The most common of these offenses involve a CDL operator driving with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration, leaving the scene of an accident, driving recklessly, or using a vehicle in the commission of a felony. Depending on the type of vehicle used and the offense committed, a resulting CDL disqualification can last for as little as 60 days and for as long as the CDL operator’s lifetime.

For a quick reference guide, consult the Indiana CDL Manual. Click here to download a copy, or go to

If you are a CDL operator and have been arrested or cited for an offense, contact Keffer Hirschauer LLP today. We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to your individualized case. Act now and contact us today at (317) 857-0160.