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Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C.
630-472-9700

Oak Brook CDL Overweight Violation Defense Lawyer

Dupage County CDL Defense Lawyer

Attorneys Defending Commercial Drivers Charged With Operating an Overweight Vehicle in Illinois

Driving a tractor-trailer truck or other commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is a difficult job. CMV drivers must meet stringent requirements to receive a commercial driver's license (CDL), and as they operate their vehicles, they must follow strict rules and regulations. Violations of any of these regulations, such as driving a vehicle in excess of the legal weight limits, can result in serious consequences.

At Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C., we understand the financial difficulties that penalties for CDL violations can cause. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you defend against these types of violations and minimize their effects on your life.

Overweight Violations in Illinois

The state of Illinois places strict limits on the allowable weight of commercial vehicles, with trucks allowed to carry a maximum of 20,000 pounds per single axle, 34,000 pounds per tandem axle, and 80,000 pounds of total weight for vehicles with five or more axles. A violation occurs when a truck exceeds the weight limit per axle or the total gross weight, and this can result in the following penalties:

  • Up to 2,000 pounds overweight: $100 fine
  • 2,001 to 2,500 pounds overweight: $270 fine
  • 2,501 to 3,000 pounds overweight: $330 fine
  • 3,001 to 3,500 pounds overweight: $520 fine
  • 3,501 to 4,000 pounds overweight: $600 fine
  • 4,001 to 4,500 pounds overweight: $850 fine
  • 4,501 to 5,000 pounds overweight: $950 fine
  • More than 5,000 pounds overweight: $1,500 fine, plus a $150 fine for each additional 500 pounds overweight

Four or more overweight violations within one year will result in a $5,000 fine for the fourth violation and every additional violation.

While an overweight violation is considered a moving violation, it is not a criminal charge, and it is not considered a serious violation that can result in CDL disqualification. Overweight violations will not add "points" to a driver's record that could result in the suspension of their driver's license. If a law enforcement official or prosecutor has told you that your CDL may be suspended because of an overweight violation, you should secure the services of an attorney who can ensure that the laws are applied correctly in your case.

Contact a DuPage County Overweight Violations Defense Attorney

If you are facing fines for driving an overweight vehicle, our skilled attorneys can provide the representation you need to minimize the financial hardship to your family. Contact an Oak Brook CDL overweight violation defense lawyer at 630-472-9700 to schedule a free initial consultation. We serve clients in Downers Grove, Wheaton, Hinsdale, Willowbrook, Westchester, Cook County, and DuPage County, Illinois.

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