We understand that your career may depend upon you maintaining your Ohio CDL license. You cannot afford to deal with an Ohio CDL suspension if you are a trucker, delivery vehicle, moving company, construction truck, school bus driver, or work for a utility company. With over 20 years of experience and in depth knowledge of Ohio CDL laws, Gregory Mathews will work to protect your CDL and keep you on the road. He understands the difficulties that CDL drivers have to contend with on today’s roadways. He has represented CDL license holders and trucking corporations in a wide range of traffic violations, including: OVI/DUI, excessive speed, driving under suspension, traffic accidents, load limit, overweight violations, driving without a valid CDL license, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding in a construction zone, and other Ohio CDL violations.

In Ohio, a CDL holder will be subject to serious penalties for traffic violations that can result in suspensions, revocations, and expensive fines.

Ohio CDL Suspension

A CDL driver is subject to stricter requirements of law than an ordinary passenger license in Ohio. For example, the blood alcohol content limit for an OVI or DUI while operating under a CDL is ½ (one half) that for a regular license. Further, if you have a CDL license and you are convicted for OVI or DUI, from operating a commercial vehicle or in your own private vehicle on your own time, you will receive a mandatory one (1) year license suspension.

CDL drivers may have their license terminated or suspended for a wide range of violations, including, but not limited to the following:

OHIO REVISED CODE DESCRIPTION LENGTH OF CDL SUSPENSION
4506.16(D)5 Two serious traffic violations within a three year period 60 Days
4506.16(D)6 Three serious traffic violations within a three year period 120 Days
FIRST CONVICTION  
OHIO REVISED CODE DESCRIPTION LENGTH OF CDL SUSPENSION
4506.15(A)2 BAC of .04% or more One Year
4506.15(A)5 Under influence of controlled substance One Year
4506.15(A)6 Using the commercial vehicle in the commission of a felony One Year
4506.15(A)7 Refusing to submit to a blood, breath or urine test One Year
If convicted of any of the above while operating a vehicle placarded for hazardous materials, the disqualification increases to three years under 4506.16(B)6 of the ORC.
SECOND CONVICTION  
OHIO REVISED CODE DESCRIPTION LENGTH OF CDL SUSPENSION
4506.15(A)2 BAC of .04% or more Life
4506.15(A)5 Under influence of controlled substance Life
4506.15(D) Leaving the scene of a traffic crash Life
4506.15(E) Using the commercial vehicle in the commission of a felony Life
4506.15(F) Refusing to submit to a blood, breath or urine test Life
4506.16(B)4 First time commission of a felony with a controlled substance Life
4506.15(A)7 First Violation of Out of Service 90 Days
4506.16(A)2 Second Violation of Out of Service 1 Year
4506.16(A)3 Third Violation of Out of Service 3 Years
VIOLATION OF OUT-OF-SERVICE (TRANSPORTING
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS)
OHIO REVISED CODE DESCRIPTION LENGTH OF CDL SUSPENSION
4506.16(B)1 First Violation of Out-of-Service 180 Days
4506.16(B)2 Second Violation of Out-of-Service 3 Years
 
NOTE:  
  • Under Ohio’s commercial driver’s license law, any person who holds a CDL shall be deemed to have consented to such testing as is required of him/her by any state or jurisdiction.
  • If any level of alcohol is detected, law enforcement can place a commercial driver out-of-service for 24 hours. It is illegal to operate a commercial vehicle with any alcohol in your system.

***SOURCE: http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/driver_license/cdl.htm***