Possible Background Hiccup...

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Shane's Comment
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Hello everyone, I've been reading through Truckingtruth.com for about 2-3 months now. As I've done my research and plan accordingly for a potential career in trucking(going for my CDL in November at a private school thanks to the GI Bill) I have a possible hiccup with my background. First let me say that I have a clean record, no tickets ever(parking or speeding), no misdemeanors or felony's. The problem comes when they look for a stable work history. I'm 29yrs old spent 7yrs Active Duty Army (3yrs Active Guard Reserves) and 4 yrs in the National Guard(Sill serving). I've always had a job, except from Jan 2013-Jun 2014 where I was in County Jail for 17 months. To explain this in the easiest way, my ex wife got ****ed that I was awarded custody of my Son and made some outrageous accusations with out proof (hear say is admissible here in my state) and after 17 months waiting for trial all charges where dropped and case was dismissed.

As I stated above, I have a clean criminal and driving record, but do have 17 months of "unaccounted time". To make that time worse, when I got out of jail I spent the next 12 months going to school (using the GI Bill to live off of) so I have almost 2 1/2yrs of unemployed time. Will any of this keep me from getting hired from a company? I appreciate any and all advice.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Parrothead66's Comment
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Explain it like that....Tell me the truth & as long as it checks out should be no problem. Hell they hire guys with a record.

Shane's Comment
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Explain it like that....Tell me the truth & as long as it checks out should be no problem. Hell they hire guys with a record.

Thanks for the advice. I planned on doing exactly that.

Gunner's Comment
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From what I've seen most companies will require you to fill out a declaration of unemployment or self employment in which you'll need two references, with phone numbers, who can verify what you were doing at that time and that you were infact unemployed. It's just to verify your whereabouts during that time. As far as the time served Thing i can only recommend to make sure you tell them the truth about where you were and explain your case. Always better to tell the truth. Best thing is to call a recruiter, mention it, and go from there. Jmo

Steve S. C.'s Comment
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I don't understand why you would need to be a trucker. Go sue the crap out of them for putting you in jail that long and violating your rights. 17 months in jail just based on her word? Guilty until proven innocent? Lawyers would be allover this.

Shane's Comment
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I don't understand why you would need to be a trucker. Go sue the crap out of them for putting you in jail that long and violating your rights. 17 months in jail just based on her word? Guilty until proven innocent? Lawyers would be allover this.

My Attorney won't sue her until I pay him back the 15k I owe him in legal fee's. He won't do a sue and than get paid deal because she doesn't own anything of value.

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