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Commercial Drivers

New Mexico Traffic Ticket?

commercial driver Are you a commercial driver ticketed in New Mexico? Are you worried about the affect a New Mexico citation will have on your Commercial Driver’s License or CDL? What about points or just the worry about the cost of conviction in increased insurance rates? Glenn Smith Valdez has represented hundreds of Class A drivers just like you. Call Glenn at 505.877.8787 today.

I Can’t Appear. What Should I Do?

When you making your living on the road, sitting around in traffic court is money out of your paycheck. As a CDL driver with a New Mexico ticket, the cost in time and money is far more than someone who doesn’t make a living by keeping things moving. The risk is higher too, because a conviction for a New Mexico traffic violation for a Commercial Driver can mean the end of a job, if not your career. A great lawyer is what you need, and Glenn Smith Valdez is that lawyer. Glenn and his team can take your of your case, in the majority of cases without you ever having to return to court. We can appear in court for you, or file motions to allow you to appear by phone.

Don’t Plead Guilty

No one knows more about the costs of a New Mexico traffic ticket than a commercial driver. A speeding ticket in New Mexico for a CDL holder can be devastating. All traffic violations are costly for commercial drivers, even non-moving violations, but moving violations on a Class A license are serious and carry serious penalties.

We Fight Tickets

For commercial drivers the most common traffic violations in New Mexico are speeding tickets, no seat belt tickets or failure to stop at the POE, which all may be considered moving violations. The most common non-moving violations for CDL drivers in New Mexico are log book violations, oversize tickets, expired or no medical card citations and permit and marking violations. We have consistently handled these types of New Mexico tickets for CDL drivers for years

We Fight Serious Traffic Violations

More serious New Mexico citations, such as Reckless Driving, Careless Driving or New Mexico traffic violations involving accidents between Commercial Motor Vehicles and non commercial vehicles are especially dangerous to CDL drivers. Any accident involving a commercial motor vehicle is serious, even accidents resulting in property damage can result in the loss of your Class A license. If you are a commercial driver and you have been charged with reckless driving, careless driving or any other serious New Mexico traffic offense, call Glenn Smith Valdez immediately at 505.877.8787.

Protect Your CDL

As a Commercial Driver, you know that your CDL is always at risk, from points, to insurance to company policies, a New Mexico traffic ticket can have a huge impact on you, your license and your livelihood. The deck is stacked against Commercial Drivers, with both federal and New Mexico law keeping you from getting a deferred sentence or attending driving school or driver improvement school to keep points off your license or to keep your CDL clear. While deferred sentences and diversion programs that result in dismissals are common for non CDL drivers, for Commercial Drivers facing citations in New Mexico, this is considered “Masking” and is illegal. Even if your New Mexico traffic ticket was in your personal vehicle and not a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) you are subject to federal laws that prohibit masking. Aggressive representation is often the only option.

For Commercial Drivers, it is a Fight

Many commercial drivers ticketed in New Mexico want to have their citations changed to non-moving violations. Like deferred sentences, this is common for non CDL drivers. Class A license holders are treated differently. New Mexico and federal prohibit officers and traffic court judges from changing moving violations to non-moving violations for commercial drivers; this too is considered “Masking”. Again, hiring an aggressive and experienced attorney, expert in New Mexico Traffic Ticket representation is the best choice.

Get the Best Result Possible

Glenn Smith Valdez has been representing commercial drivers for many years, he knows from his own experience how the changing federal and state regulations and laws have affected the Commercial Drivers who keep our county moving. Glenn and his team will do everything possible to get the best possible outcome for your case and your CDL, but he will also be honest with you from beginning to end. Commercial Drivers face serious consequences for their New Mexico traffic citations, and the law prohibits them from masking convictions. Glenn and his team will fight hard on your behalf, getting you the best result possible, but sometimes, the best result you can get is a reduced charge or sentence. But you aren’t going to get your best result without putting up your best defense. If you are looking for a great, honest, ethical and aggressive attorney to fight for you and to protect your CDL, then call Glenn Smith Valdez right now.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation charged with improving the safety of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and saving lives. The Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) is a federal database The driver’s licensing authorities in each state can communicate with CDLIS to check for information on CDL applicants and holders. Under 49 CFR 384.226, New Mexico authorities are required to report all convictions for all New Mexico traffic offenses (except parking offenses) committed by CDL holders to CDLIS. Don’t wait until it is too late, call Glenn Smith Valdez today.

Client Reviews
"Thanks to Mr. Valdez's office for handling my case while I was incapacitated. Although I am still recovering even now, it is a great relief to have this kind of support and assistance during this time. Furthermore, I cannot thank them enough for the positive outcome. Special thanks to Shaniah for making the process stress-free for my wife and self." Stephen Whitfield
"OUTSTANDING !…..With a challenging case, and out of state distances to consider, hiring a New Mexico attorney was a "no brainer". In addition to that, I found out that dealing with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) was near impossible when just trying to contact them, to say nothing of getting them to remove the out of state hold off my license. Attorney Valdez and his team worked tirelessly to straighten out a real mess for me and I couldn't be more pleased (and actually surprised) with the resulting positive outcome. Thank you Ashlea, Melissa, Shaniah and Glenn for everything!" Wes Walter
"They give me a ticket 5 months ago in the state of New Mexico, since I'm from Texas I decided to hire the Valdez Law Firm so they can fight for me speeding ticket, it was a long way, lots of court trials, never show myself in court, he always wave my Appearance, now I'm glad to say he dismiss my ticket, great job and great communication between the staff and the clients." Ricardo Ramos
"I highly recommend Mr. Smith Valdez. He and his staff did an amazing job! Everyone was efficient professional and courteous. They explained the entire process in detail and provided updates throughout, making this whole ordeal virtually stress free. Thank you!" Jennifer Y.
"I got a speeding ticket in Lordsberg NM and Ashley helped me get my ticket dismissed. I am a commercial driver and i thaught it would take forever to get my ticket dismissed but no it took less then a month to get my ticket dismissed. Thanks Ashley and Mr. Valdez for getting my ticket dismissed. I diffently recommend Mr. Valdez. Thanks alot guys you did a great job." Andrew