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How A Traffic Lawyer Can Keep Commercial Drivers on the Road

If you’re a commercial driver, you’re perfectly aware of how important your CDL is. Without it, you won’t be able to have a career as a commercial truck driver. The best way to maintain your CDL is by avoiding traffic violations. Failing to do so can cause your driving record and CDL to gain points which may result in higher insurance rates, fines, and even suspension. If you’re in the Southern New Mexico area and you’re facing issues relating to traffic violations, Attorney W. Shane Jennings can help. An experienced traffic lawyer can guide the way and help protect your CDL and your status as a commercial driver.

Briefly Outlining the Legal Ramifications for Commercial Traffic Violations

Although commercial drivers share the road with other drivers, the laws that govern CDL holders differ greatly from other traffic laws. Due to the massive weight of commercial motor vehicles, it’s understandable why the legal ramifications of CMV traffic violations are so much harsher than those for casual drivers. First, let’s look at moving violations for commercial drivers. These serious traffic violations can lead cause commercial drivers to lose their CDL for a certain period of time. Moving violations include, but are not limited to excessive speeding, reckless driving, erratic lane changes, and following vehicles too closely.

If you commit two moving violations within a three-year period, your CDL will be suspended for a minimum of 60 days. If you commit three moving violations within the same period, you will lose your CDL for at least 120 days.

A Skilled Traffic Lawyer Can Help

Committing a major offense, such as using your commercial motor vehicle to commit a felony or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in the loss of your CDL for one to three years. A conviction of a second major offense will cause you to lose your CDL for life. Losing your CDL for any amount of time, whether it be 60 days or three years, means you won’t be able to work and make a living.

If you find yourself in this predicament, it’s necessary to seek legal assistance from a skilled traffic lawyer. Attorney W. Shane Jennings has served the Southern New Mexico region for many years. He’s well aware of the intricacies of traffic law and CDL suspensions in the state. With his assistance, you’ll be on the correct path towards recovering your CDL.

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What is the Difference Between Fraud and Embezzlement?

Criminal law is a complex creature. There are many different areas and many of them have overlapping definitions, punishments, and legalities. Two commonly confused crimes are fraud and embezzlement. While similar, they have a lot of important differences that will affect how the case is handled should you be charged with either crime. Our fraud and embezzlement lawyer breaks it down for you.

What is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement is actually a kind of fraud, financially speaking. When someone commits embezzlement, they mishandle someone’s assets or money. It is different from theft because the act of theft involves taking valuables for their own benefit while with embezzlement, the person is already in possession of these items and then misuses them. An example is charging someone for a product and failing to deliver said product.

What Counts as Fraud?

Fraud, on the other hand, is a little broader. When someone commits fraud, they are purposefully lying about a product or service to someone. They may lie about the risks of using said products or services, the intended outcome, and more, which could lead to harm, loss of money, and more to the people who fall victim to this crime.

What if I’m Charged With Fraud or Embezzlement (Or Both)?

Both fraud and embezzlement can be charged as either a civil or criminal offense. Civil offenses tend to result in compensational punishments while criminal charges can lead to either compensational punishments or jail time. If you’re charged with this kind of crime, your best bet is to work with a fraud and embezzlement lawyer who is familiar with the industry and can help you navigate the legal aftermath.

A fraud and embezzlement lawyer knows the language and laws and can represent you in a court of law should you be charged with this kind of crime.

Call the Law Office of W. Shane Jennings Today!

If you’re in need of a caring, hardworking fraud and embezzlement lawyer, the Law Office of W. Shane Jennings is the place to call. We represent clients who are dealing with the aftermath of being charged with such a crime. We can put our knowledge and experience into helping you navigate the legalities of being charged. If you’re in need of help, we’re ready and able to assist you. Don’t wait. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.