As a commercial driver in California, you are the captain of your own ship. However, we all know that mistakes happen, especially when you are on the road as much as a commercial driver. Many times, holders of a CDL are running late, not loaded properly, and have to produce results to keep their livelihood. They are under a lot of pressure. When they neglect to balance and properly weigh a load, the possibility of receiving an overweight ticket increases greatly.
If commercial drivers fail to retain good legal representation from the lawyers at Fix-A-Ticket, they might be in for a very expensive and undesired overweight ticket. The amount of penalties vary from state to state and depend on the type of overweight violation that was committed by the commercial driver, and sometimes even the county that the citation was issued in. The smaller fines might seem like nothing, but the legislature in California has moved towards levying commercial drivers with the maximum penalty with every single infraction that is committed. Cities, counties, and states make lots of money off traffic tickets and with the large number of commercial drivers in California, police officers and law enforcement look forward to the opportunity to give commercial drivers an overweight ticket.
The base fine for being overweight on a single axle might be as low as $20 and are not considered to be a moving violation, which means that no point will be put down on your driving record. However, there will generally be convenience or court fees that are assessed and these could double or triple the cost of the overweight ticket in California.
If a commercial driver violates the gross weight laws while traversing on state or local roads, the cost of the violation will go into a much higher range. Lots of judges in California may seek fines that are as high as $2,000 for a first offense. If the overweight violation occurs on a bridge or overpass, the fines and fees could reach as much as $5,000 or more. These fees are often not manageable for commercial drivers. The experienced traffic attorneys at Fix-A-Ticket have dealt with these types of tickets before and know how to help. Call us for a free consultation to see what can be done.