Handling Traffic Cases Webinar Series: Commercial Motor Vehicles / CDL Masking

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8 a.m. Hawaii / 9 a.m. Alaska / 10 a.m. Pacific / 11 a.m. Mountain / 12 p.m. Central / 1 p.m. Eastern
This webinar will be 75 minutes in duration

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Online

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February 17, 2021

The process of adjudicating traffic citations issued to commercial driver license (CDL) holders presents unique challenges to judges.

Nationwide uniform “antimasking laws” prohibit judges from masking, deferring imposition of judgment, diverting or preventing a CDL holder’s conviction, in any type of vehicle, from appearing of the driver’s record. Federal laws and State ethical conduct codes also place constraints on judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in plea bargaining cases that would conflict with the antimasking laws. Judges bear the responsibility to recognize CDL holders’ cases and ensure that dispositions conform to the law and ethical standards.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize civil and criminal traffic cases involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and the Commercial driver license (CDL) holders who are subject to uniform nationwide antimasking laws;
  • Understand the rationale why CDL holders’ cases are subject to laws that do not apply to other license holders;
  • Apply the antimasking laws as well as other legal and ethical sources in the adjudication process; and
  • Monitor plea negotiations and plea bargaining in CDL holder cases to ensure that they do not violate antimasking laws and codes of ethical conduct.


Series Description:

To effectively and responsibly handle traffic cases, judges must not only weigh evidence and apply legal principles, but also provide meaningful access to the courts for all parties. This program will provide many of the basics for judges new to the bench to identify the issues that arise in handling traffic dockets and the tools to manage their courtroom with respect and with dignity.

Topics to be covered included: the Judge’s role in handling traffic cases, implicit bias and other access to justice issues in traffic cases, controlling the courtroom, impaired driving, toxicology essentials, commercial motor vehicles, and sentencing traffic offenders to reduce recidivism.

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Nationwide uniform “antimasking laws” prohibit judges from masking, deferring imposition of judgment, diverting or preventing a CDL holder’s conviction, in any type of vehicle, from appearing of the driver’s record. Federal laws and State ethical conduct codes also place constraints on judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in plea bargaining cases that would conflict with the antimasking laws. Judges bear the responsibility to recognize CDL holders’ cases and ensure that dispositions conform to the law and ethical standards.

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