Making The Connection: Felony Offenses and Commercial Driver License Sanctions

State prosecutors are expected to master state code, evidentiary rules, technical evidence and court procedures. Many learn from more experienced attorneys and adopt practices whose origins are shrouded in mystery and whose continuation is justified by a curt “because this is the way we have always done it.” Operating within these conditions, it is no surprise that some relatively obscure, albeit mandatory, statutes are rarely, if ever, enforced. This article from the National Traffic Law Center explores the mandatory commercial driver’s license (CDL) disqualification rule, which has been adopted by most states but is largely unknown by most prosecutors and courts, and provides suggestions on how to ensure traffic safety through improved compliance.

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