The California Department of Transportation has very strict trucking laws in place with severe penalties for overweight truck tickets. If you or one of your drivers has received a ticket for an overweight truck, it may be in your best interest to find a trucking attorneys to help you fight your overweight truck ticket. RepresentYou is a State Bar of California-certified lawyer referral service that offers attorneys with over 20 years experience practicing law and handling legal matters like fighting tickets for overweight trucks. If you or one of your drivers has received a ticket for operating an overweight truck, RepresentYou is a good place to start.
Commercial truck drivers have a lot to deal with. Whether its getting the load to its destination on time, making sure the contents of load do not get damaged, or keeping an accurate driving log, things can get pretty stressful. In addition to the long list of concerns for commercial drivers, truckers must also ensure that their load is balanced properly to avoid overweight tickets.
DOT Weight Limits.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains strict rules concerning weight limits for commercial truck drivers that haul loads on city, local, and state roads and highways. Sometimes, dock workers may improperly load a truck due to time constraints often faced. When the time is not taken to properly load and balance cargo, the trucker unknowingly runs the risk of getting an overweight ticket. As a commercial truck driver, you need to know the approximate weight of your load during transit, yet cargo being loaded improperly or shifting during route can easily lead to an overweight ticket.
The cost of these tickets can vary greatly from state to state or county to county. Some of the lessor fines can be miniscule to start out with, but the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have been taking steps to charge commercial drivers the maximum penalty for an infraction. These tickets are meant to be given out to protect California roadways and protect the safety of the commercial vehicle, however, with the shear amount of commercial trucking seen through California, highway patrol in California often jump at the opportunity to give tickets out for overweight trucks.
Smaller fines tend not to be a huge deal in these cases but sometimes the drivers have the risk of having the overweight ticket be charged to their driving record, which can hinder the amount of work available to them. These recorded violations being adhered to your driving record is likely to stay on your record for much longer than an infraction.
Find an Attorney for Overweight Truck Tickets
Whether you are an individual, commercial truck driver, commercial trucking company, or logistics company and have received an overweight vehicle ticket in a heavy duty truck, big rig, semi-trailer truck, or any other vehicle, RepresentYou has the resources necessary to refer you to a competent attorney experienced in defending tickets for overweight trucks. At RepresentYou, we believe success is best measured by trial-tested experienced, which is why all of our attorneys are required to have a minimum of 20 years experience practicing law. Experience can make a difference when defending cases such as those involving tickets for operating in excess of declared weight, tickets for operating an overweight vehicle without special permits, tickets for violating maximum weight restrictions on bridges, and tickets for violating local city ordinances with respect to vehicle weight. RepresentYou also requires its panel member attorneys to be in good standing with the California Bar Association and have a record free of any disciplinary action from any bar association.
If you have been the victim of an unfairly issued overweight truck ticket, you need to seek legal help. RepresentYou is a State Bar of California certified lawyer referral service whose panel member of attorneys all maintain impeccable records. Often times these tickets are given in a way that unfairly targets the driver of the truck, even though the fault could be on the workers who actually loaded the truck in an unbalance manner. An overweight truck ticket could have a huge impact on the commercial drivers’ career. If you have been the victim of an unfair overweight truck ticket, you need to seek legal counsel.
Types of Overweight Truck Tickets
RepresentYou understands that commercial trucking is essential to this region’s economy which is why we are committed to assisting those who have been ticketed for operating an overweight vehicle. Heavy fines and other penalties are in place in order to punish registered owners of trucks and commercial trucking companies whose drivers carry overweight loads. There are a variety of reasons why one may be ticketed for operating an overweight truck, which include but are not limited to operating a vehicle that exceeds the maximum weight guidelines for that particular vehicle, operating a vehicle that weights more than its declared gross vehicle weight, violating a maximum weight limit on a single axle or wheels, and various other weight limit provisions. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, general weight violation penalties are as follows:
Pounds of Excess Weight
.04 per pound
.06 per pound
.08 per pound
.15 per pound
10001 and over
.20 per pound
Pounds in Excess of the Declared Gross Vehicle Weight
10000 and over
Find Overweight Truck Ticket Lawyers
Once we have received and reviewed some basic information about your overweight truck ticket, we may then choose to refer you to one of our attorneys at no charge. If you are referred to one of our attorneys, the cost of their services will vary on a case to case basis and will be determined by the attorney who handles your case.
RepresentYou maintains its commitment to helping individuals and businesses, regardless of whether we can refer you to one of our attorneys for your ticket for an overweight truck. In cases where we cannot make a referral, RepresentYou may be able to refer you to a legal aid organization or other resources that can assist in handling tickets for overweight vehicles.