On the overweight trucks page, we talked about what constitutes an overweight truck. On this page, we will cover the penalties for trucking violations.
|Percent Overweight ||Dollar Fine per Hundred Pounds ||MinimumFine |
|<5% ||$3 ||— |
|5-10% ||5 ||$50 |
|10-15% ||6 ||$100 |
|15-20% ||7 ||$200 |
|20-25% ||10 ||$300 |
|25-30% ||12 ||$500 |
|>30% ||15 ||$1,000 |
The most common penalty for an overweight trucking violation is a fine. This chart breaks down the fines for different amounts of overweight trucks.
Note: this chart provided by: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0214.htm
In addition, you can face criminal charges for driving an overweight truck if the overweight truck causes an accident. Criminal penalties include:
- Assault. For assault with an overweight truck, you face several penalties. You face a prison sentence of up to 20 years and/or a fine of $15,000 (for first degree assault). For second degree assault, you face a prison sentence of up to five years. Also, you face a fine of up to $5,000.
- Manslaughter: For manslaughter with a vehicle carrying excessive weight, you face a prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of $15,000 for first degree manslaughter. For manslaughter in the second degree with an overweight vehicle, you face a fine of $10,000 and a prison sentence of as much as 10 years.
- Reckless endangerment: If you are found guilty of first degree reckless endangerment with an overweight vehicle, you face a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $2,000. For reckless endangerment in the second degree, you face a fine of $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to six months.
Help With a Trucking Violation
Our lawyers at Ruane Attorneys have handled Connecticut trucking violations before, and we are equipped to help you. If you cannot afford to lose your license, contact our office. We will defend your license and help you establish the best outcome given your needs. Contact us today so that we can get started defending your violation.